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Meet the Clinical Network Team

Cheshire & Merseyside Clinical Leads:

Chris_Warburton.jpgDr Chris Warburton, Clinical Lead :  Chris has been the Lead Cancer Clinician for Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Clinical Network since 2014.  He is a Yorkshireman by birth and trained in Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool before becoming a consultant Respiratory Physician at Aintree Hospital in Liverpool in 1996.  He set up and Chaired the Lung Cancer Network Group in Merseyside when Networks were first created, and spent several years after this as Lead Cancer Clinician at Aintree Hospital.  He continues to see patients with lung cancer within the service at Aintree.

Dr_Debbie_Harvey.jpgDr Debbie Harvey, GP Cancer Lead : Debbie is a portfolio GP who practices in South Sefton. She has previously worked in older people's mental health services and holds a diploma in CBT. Most of her time is now spent focusing on cancer services and end of life care with a particular interest in older people, frailty and care homes.




Karen_Mason.jpgKaren Mason, Network Lead Cancer Manager :
Karen has worked in the NHS for 26 years after qualifying as a nurse at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.  After fulfilling several nursing roles within General Surgery and Nurse Education, Karen joined the Network in 2002 as part of the Cancer Services Collaborative as a Project Manager and subsequently a Service Improvement Facilitator. She was the Lead Cancer Manager and Nurse at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for 9 years and is currently the Cancer Manager at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. Karen has been the chair of the Cancer Managers Advisory Group for 6 years.  In her spare time Karen enjoys spending time with friends and family (especially in her newly built bar), cooking and walking the dog and will be undertaking a power boat licence with her husband in the near future


20170301938277489.jpgCarrie Lowthian, Network Lead Cancer Nurse

Carrie originally qualified in 1989 in Aberdeen, Scotland and worked in various nursing roles within the field of  Learning Disability and Mental Health, Carrie gravitated into forensic mental health research  which saw her move to Liverpool.   Following a change in my personal circumstances she applied for an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Cancer Research at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.  During the 6 years in this post she was based at Halton General Hospital where she built up the cancer research portfolio and the  Oncology research team based there.   Carrie is currently working as the Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse at the Liverpool Royal and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust where she is passionate about improving the service delivered to our cancer patients. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves to take her wee Scottie/Westie cross, Archie,  for long walks.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Clinical Leads:

Gerry_Skailes.jpgDr Gerry Skailes, Clinical Lead

Gerry Skailes is the Clinical Lead for Cancer for Lancashire & South Cumbria and Lead Cancer Clinician for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She attended medical school at Guy's Hospital in London which is where she undertook her first house job. Dr Skailes then moved to the south coast and spent the next 3 years in Brighton where she did her general medical training. She then moved to the Christie Hospital in Manchester for oncology training which she completed in 1997, before taking up a consultant post in Preston when the new Cancer Centre was opened. Dr Skailes specialist areas include radiotherapy, chemotherapy for lung, gynaecology and breast cancers.

Juliette_Brookfield.jpgJuliette Brookfield, Network Lead Cancer Manager

Juliette Brookfield has worked in cancer services for 12 years as a Cancer Manager in three hospitals and two cancer networks.  She is currently based in East Lancashire where she manages the Cancer Team and the Oncology Department.  She has extensive knowledge of the national cancer agenda including the cancer performance agenda.  Since returning to the Lancashire & South Cumbria Cancer Network in January 2013 she has been an active member on the cancer network board and is currently involved in several network projects such as work to secure an improved network system manager for the Varian system (electronic prescribing system), working with the other cancer teams on development of the video conference project and establishing cancer performance systems for the reporting of breaches according to national guidelines.  East Lancashire have been an active early adopter of the implementation of the NICE 2ww GP referral guidelines and have recently been selected to be a national pilot for the ‘Faster Cancer Diagnosis Pilot’ (diagnosis by day 28).

Anne_Tomlinson.jpgAnne Tomlinson, Network Lead Cancer Nurse

Anne is Lead Cancer Nurse at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She qualified in 1995 in Manchester and worked at St Marys on the Gynae oncology ward then became an advanced practitioner in colposcopy and worked for Manchester University as research nurse. She moved to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS FT in 2010 and took up the position of Macmillan Gynae Oncology CNS. Anne is a member of the steering group for the Womb Cancer Alliance and a committee member of NFGON and has also worked as an associate development manager for Macmillan.  Anne is passionate about improving services for cancer patients. She has currently been appointed as Network Lead Cancer Nurse.

She is married has three boys (and two dogs) and enjoys spending time with family watching her boys various sporting activities which mainly involves football and is involved with a local football committee.

Dr Neil Smith, GP Cancer LeadNeil_Smith_1_cropped.png

Neil has been a G.P. in Blackburn for over 20 years.  He has always had a portfolio career and was previously Associate Dean at Manchester Medical School. He is currently a partner in a busy practice, a G.P. appraiser and trainer as well as stadium doctor for Blackburn Rovers.  He has cancer roles for Macmillan, CRUK and RCGP.  In 2015, he won the National Macmillan Excellence in Innovation Award for Cancer.  In 2016 he and the team he leads won the HSJ National Patient Safety Award for Cancer. Outside work he coaches a youth football team.  He is a keen swimmer, cyclist and runner and has twice been NHS senior triathlon champion.

Chrissie_Hunt.jpgDr Chrissie Hunt MBBS MSc, GP Cancer Lead

Chrissie qualified as a GP in 1996 and has worked as a fulltime GP, first in Minehead in Somerset and for the last 14 years in Sedbergh, Cumbria.  Since completing her MSc in 2009, she has taken up various roles around the cancer agenda and is the Macmillan Cancer Lead GP for South Lakes locality, Cumbria CCG, Macmillan GPA (Associate) for Lancs & Sout Cumbria and more recently a GP Strategic Lead for the SCN and CRUK GP for North Lancs & South Cumbria.  She is passionate about early diagnosis and effective cancer care pathways.  In her spare time she plays fiddle in an amateur Ceilidh band and loves long distance walking.