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In Conversation With...Karen Peters, one of our Red2Green Transformation leads

Here is the next instalment of our series: In Conversation With…introducing Karen Peters, one of our Red2Green Transformation leads.

Karen followed in her mother’s footsteps in becoming a nurse but it wasn’t in her original plan – she’d intended to be a maths teacher! Despite that Karen has had a hugely eventful career in nursing, including spending 14 years solely working night shifts. She’s been our bed manager, our bed and site manager and now, as part of our Red2Green team, she’s helping to ensure we make each day in hospital count for our patients.

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In Conversation With...Christella Matoko, who helps support our trainee nursing associates

Christella Matoko is a project support officer, who spends her days supporting our trainee nursing associates and helping them with their learning.

The lover of dance and acting got into project management completely by accident after suffering an injury when preparing for a show meant she had to have a rethink, and plan a show for someone else. She loved it so much she got a qualification in project management and hasn’t looked back since.

English is her third language as Christella was born in the Republic of the Congo, then lived in Belgium for a year, moving to the UK when she was three. She’s very proud of her African heritage and extremely close to her family – she has an older brother and three younger sisters.

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In Conversation With...our award winning Director of Nursing, Caroline Moore!

We spoke to award winning nurse Caroline Moore for In Conversation With… this week. Caroline, who is our Director of Nursing for Specialist Medicine, recently won the Lifetime Achievement in our PRIDE Awards after 27 years at our Trust.

Proud Caroline was nominated for the award by her own team, which shows how much they value her.

She also once got to meet the Dalai Lama in Mumbai, which she said was spectacular!

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In Conversation With...Alix Holmes, our Macmillan Cancer Information Manager

For our next instalment of our In Conversation with…series, we spoke to Alix Holmes, our Macmillan Cancer Information Manager who recently was presented with a long service award after 30 years at our Trust.

Before taking on her current role six years ago, Alix was a nurse in our Oncology department, and was one of the first nurses to be trained to give chemotherapy to patients, early in her career.

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In Conversation With...our palliative care consultant Lucy Pain, who spent some of her early weeks in a university desk drawer!

Here is the next instalment of our series: In Conversation With… introducing Lucy Pain, palliative care consultant and our clinical lead for end of life care.

Lucy is passionate about her role at our Trust, and providing good end of life care to every patient.

She also had an intellectual start to life – her mum returned to work as a university lecturer just six weeks after having her and when she didn’t like the nursery, kept Lucy in a drawer in her office until she found a suitable childminder!

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In Conversation With...Mary Kinsella, our local counter fraud specialist

Mary Kinsella is our local counter fraud specialist - here to detect and prevent fraud across our hospitals. She worked in lots of government departments before joining our Trust, including in the counter terrorism team.

She also loves to get involved in her local community, she volunteers for Macmillan and the Guide Dogs, and loves bell-ringing at her local church!

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In Conversation With...volunteer Edie Lay

It’s a special edition of In Conversation With… this week! As part of our recognition for our wonderful volunteers, we spoke to Edie Lay, the winner of our Lifetime Achievement award.

She was presented with her award by our interim Chief Executive, Chris Bown, at a thank you event for all of our volunteers on Monday (19 November). Edie has volunteered at our Trust for a huge 28 years!

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In Conversation With, Laura Parker, neurosciences research nurse

Our latest In Conversation With… interview is with Laura Parker, our neurosciences research nurse.

Laura joined our Trust in 2009 and has followed in the footsteps of her mum Karen, who is also one of our nurses. While Karen tried to talk Laura out of becoming a nurse because of the pressures involved, she’s hugely proud of her and tells everyone what she does!

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In Conversation With...Sally Greig, a physiotherapist who helps to keep our staff fit and healthy

For In Conversation With… this week we spoke to Sally Greig, our senior occupational health physiotherapist and one of the key people helping to keep our staff fit and healthy.

She retrained to be a physiotherapist when she was made redundant aged 33 – before that she’d working in banking, as a McDonald’s manager and was the first female special constable to serve in the Honourable Artillery Company.

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In Conversation With... Sue Williams, who kept our executive office running smoothly for 17 years!

It’s a special edition of In Conversation With this week. We spoke to Sue Williams just before she retired on Wednesday 31 October following 17 years as our Executive Assistant to our Chair and Chief Executive.

Before joining our Trust Sue had a very varied career – from working in a bank, to first honing her PA skills working for Sir James Goldsmith and even running her own company!

Sue is also an accomplished shooter, scoring 48 out of 50 in her first lesson. And she’s a huge Formula 1 fan!

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