Meet the team

Christina Faull

Consultant in Palliative Medicine. LOROS Lead for Research and Medical Lead for Education. Christina was awarded an Honorary Professorship by De Montfort University in 2013

MBBS BMedSci MD FRCP PGCert Med Ed Dip Clin Hyp.

Christina leads the growing research activity at LOROS, developing projects, liaising with research colleagues in universities and other hospices and enabling patients and families to participate in research. She supervises colleagues undertaking research for higher degrees and makes sure that the findings are known locally, nationally and internationally so that patient care is improved.

Christina has worked as a consultant for 20 years and been at LOROS since 2003. She has served on the National Association for Palliative Medicine Executive Committee, chairing the Education Committee and sitting on the specialty committee of the Royal College of Physicians.

Christina holds weekly outpatient clinics and supports patients attending day care. She is also on call for emergencies and to give advice to health professionals.

She delivers teaching to the doctors and to a range of health and social care professionals studying the masters degree and other programmes.

Kerry Blankley

Practice Educator

RGN, BSc (Health Sciences) MSc (Advanced Nursing Practice-palliative pathway) Diploma in Professional Studies Nursing (Community Health) & PGCertHE.

Kerry has worked in specialist palliative care in hospitals, community settings and care homes as a clinical nurse specialist. She was appointed to the Education team in November 2008. Kerry has responsibility for the masters programme and the university certificate. She is Honorary Lecturer at the University of Northampton and De Montfort University. Her interests include communication skills and she is a trained advanced communications skills facilitator. In addition, she has a particular interest in the role of care homes in palliative care.

Alison Pilsworth

Practice Educator

RGN, post graduate diploma in palliative care, accredited advanced communication skills trainer, independent nurse prescriber.

Alison joined the team in 2009. Her background is largely in cardiology in a variety of roles, including coronary care nursing and cardiac rehabilitation. Latterly she worked as a heart failure specialist nurse in the community. This has given her insight into the impact of sudden illness, the difficulties and uncertainty that chronic diseases can cause for patients and relatives and the professional care they require.

Her main interest and passion is to improve communication skills at end of life. She is an accredited trainer and facilitator of advanced communication skills, regularly facilitating both two and three-day courses. Other interests include psychological and spiritual issues in palliative care.

Angela Salt

Practice Educator

Angela has worked in end-of-life education at LOROS for the past three years. She is a trained social worker and has worked with children and adults with life limiting illnesses across both hospital and community settings. Angela also currently holds a part time post as a senior manager for Leicester City Council Adult Social Care and Safeguarding Division. In her role at LOROS, Angela is committed to the delivery of structured education programmes for health and social care staff involved in end-of-life care. As a member of the Advancing Practice Development team, Angela also works alongside care providers to facilitate mentoring and reflection in practice across a variety of workplace environments.

Angela’s interests include the social aspects of end-of-life care, advance care planning and exploring the ways in which our own attitudes impact on the way in which we care for the dying and bereaved.

Donna Walker

Assistant Practitioner in Practice Development

Donna joined LOROS in 2003 as a Healthcare Assistant (HCA) on the inpatient unit.

Donna began working at the Leicester General Hospital as a HCA in 1993. In the year 2000 she gained a post as a ‘B’ Grade HCA. This involved using enhanced skills to support the registered nurses and mentoring new HCAs.

Donna developed a passion for end of life care which led her to LOROS. She achieved NVQ Level 3 in Care and Foundation Degree Science in Health and Social Care/Palliative and Supportive Care.

Donna joined the Education team as an Assistant Practitioner in Practice Development in April 2015. This role is designed to support the development of HCAs, including the delivery and assessment of the Care Certificate for newly appointed and Apprentice HCAs.