Meet the Team


Meet the Rheumatology Team

Rheumatology Team Dr Madan Dr MacPhie Dr Samaranayake Carmel Jones Lesley Ashcroft TBC Gillian Welch Kathleen Cavanagh Catherine Oakes Jennifer Welsby TBC Sarah Fish Louise Tillet Administration Team Clinic Nurses
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Dr Elizabeth MacPhie

I graduated from the University of Manchester, before undertaking my general medical training at North Manchester General Hospital, where I developed an interest in rheumatology.  I carried out my rheumatology training in the North West and have an MSc in Rheumatology from Manchester University.

I was appointed as a consultant in Preston in 2010 just after the service transferred to a community setting.  My other interests include undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Dr MacPhie

Dr Elizabeth MacPhie
Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr Ayesha Madan

I qualified from medical school in India and continued my medical training in the UK. I was exposed to rheumatology whilst a junior doctor at Wrightington and continued to pursue this speciality as a postgraduate. I did my specialist training in rheumatology and acute medicine in the North-West and obtained an MSc in Rheumatology from Manchester University.

I was appointed as consultant in Preston in September 2011. I enjoy working in a community setting and along with the team am actively involved in service development, teaching and training.

Dr Maden

Dr Ayesha Madan
Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr Manoj Samaranayake

I graduated from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. I continued my general medical training in UK and completed my specialist training in rheumatology in the North West. I obtained an MSc in Clinical Rheumatology from the University of Manchester.

I was first appointed as a consultant rheumatologist at Walsall Manor Hospital in 2010. I joined the rheumatology team in Preston in 2014.

I have special interest in early arthritis, musculo-skeletal ultra sound and osteoporosis.

Dr Samaranayake

Dr Manoj Samaranyake
Consultant Rheumatologist

Carmel Jones

I qualified as a nurse in 1995 and currently work as Lead Nurse and Service Manager. I am currently studying for an MSc in Rheumatology Nursing at Keele University and I am particularly interested in patient education.

As Service Manager I am involved in operational management and have a keen interest in governance processes and clinical leadership.

Carmel Jones

Carmel Jones
Rheumatology Lead Nurse

Liz Mahomed

 

I qualified in 1976 and currently work as a Rheumatology Specialist Nurse. I have worked within the speciality of rheumatology since 1992 and previously worked as ward sister at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

In 1995 I was appointed as a Rheumatology Specialist nurse and joined the trust here in 2011.

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Liz Mahomed
Rheumatology Specialist Nurse

Lesley Ashcroft

 
I have been a qualified nurse since 1999. The majority of my career has been hospital based within the medical directorate.  I joined the rheumatology team at the Minerva Health Centre in November 2010, working initially as a clinic nurse before progressing into a full time role of Specialist Nurse. ?I was involved in the initial set up and running of the blood monitoring clinic.  I am currently studying a rheumatology focused nursing course provided by Keele University. Lesley Ashcroft

Lesley Ashcroft
Rheumatology Specialist Nurse

Gillian Welch

 

I qualified as a registered nurse in 2003 and started out my career as a theatre scrub nurse, working in colo-rectal, general, vascular and emergency theatres. After 6 years working in theatres I moved to clinical research, where I was a lead research nurse. My role involved working on many different studies across NHS Trusts within Cumbria and Lancashire. I Predominately ran studies in rheumatology at the Minerva Health Centre.  In 2015 I joined the rheumatology team at the Minerva, I am now working as a specialist nurse in rheumatology.

Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch
Rheumatology Specialist Nurse

Catherine Oakes

 
I graduated from Sunderland School of Pharmacy in 1991 and started my career in hospital pharmacy at Royal Preston Hospital, moving onto Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital a few years later to specialise as an Intensive Care Pharmacist. I then went on to work in various PCTs in Lancashire and Manchester carrying out medication reviews in patients’ homes and in care homes. I also provided medicines management support in GP practices, helping them to look at cost-effective and safe prescribing.

I joined the Rheumatology Service in October 2012 as their dedicated pharmacist and this is my first role in a rheumatology team. I develop protocols for prescribing rheumatology drugs, help to review the safe storage and administration of medicines on site and participate in drug education clinics. I also support the team with any medication queries. My role is continuing to develop, and I enjoy the challenge of being part of a team that is always looking how to improve the service it provides to its rheumatology patients.
Catherine Oakes

Catherine Oakes
Highly Specialised Pharmacist (Rheumatology and Biologics)

Sarah Fish

 

I Trained at Leeds Metropolitan University 2001-2004 and gained a BSC Hons degree in 2004.

I am a Clinical Specialist Rheumatology Physiotherapist and have been with the Lancashire Care Rheumatology Team since January 2012. I have worked in rheumatology, musculoskeletal and hand therapy for the past 5 years and previous to this I have worked in both hospital and community settings treating a wide range of conditions. 

I am a registered acupuncturist and am currently undertaking a masters module in injection therapy.

Sarah Fish

Sarah Fish
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

Jane Brazendale

 

I joined the rheumatology team in 2014. I trained in Liverpool and am a highly experienced practitioner. The majority of my time is currently spent in clinic, providing specialist physiotherapeutic interventions to address a variety of joint and muscle dysfunctions.

My role also involves the delivery of a weekly exercise class. The class remit is to actively promote the musculoskeletal health of patients diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and to provide regular, ongoing support where needed.

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Jane Brazendale
Physiotherapist

Jennifer Welsby

 

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and have been working in the Rheumatology Service since 2002. 

My main role is working with patients to help manage their condition.  This can be done by providing splints to support painful joints, looking at alternative ways of managing every day activities and providing practical advice on managing their condition. 

I also run an education group for patients newly diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis and a fibromyalgia group.

Jennifer Welsby

Jennifer Welsby
Occupational Therapist

Jane Humphries

 

I qualified as a podiatrist in 1987 from Salford University, and since 1998 part of my role has been within rheumatology originally at Royal Preston Hospital and since the move into community at Minerva Health Centre.

My role involves the assessment and treatment of patients referred to podiatry by the Rheumatology team, this includes advice on footwear, footcare, and the provision of insoles and orthotics to provide pressure relief or improve foot function.

I also provide a second opinion to the community podiatrists for the complex rheumatology patients within the community podiatry service.

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Jane Humphries
Podiatrist

Julie Butler

 
I qualified as a General Nurse in Lancaster in May 1987 and a Midwife in June 1990. I left Midwifery in 1999 to pursue a career involving research and gained a 2:1 Psychology BSc (hons) degree at the University of Lancaster and then studied for an MSc in Psychological Research Methods. I also studied a planning and Managing Clinical trials Module at Oxford Brookes and gained a distinction.

I have an interest in problem solving in long term pain conditions and carried out my dissertation in this field.

I am currently working for the North West Coast NIHR Clinical Research Network and am involved in giving patients an opportunity to participate in Research studies applicable to their condition in Rheumatology along with their expert Consultant and Nursing care. I am passionate that Clinical Research can make a significant contribution to patient care.
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Julie Butler
Research Support Officer

Kath Cavanagh

 

I qualified in 1977.  I have worked in various fields of nursing. For the last 22 years I was employed as a district nurse during this time I achieved an advanced certificate in teaching and assessing in clinical practise.

I came to the Minerva 2 years ago. I have a passion for teaching student nurses.  My role at the Minerva is quite diverse.  We do the biologic infusions, assist with the consultant clinics, help the specialist nurses with the blood monitoring clinics and run a clinic for administering injections and teaching patients to self-administer their own medication.

Kathleen Cavanagh 

Kath Cavanagh
Clinic Nurse

Clinic Nurses

 

Clinics are supported by a hard-working team of clinic nurses and health care assistants who ensure that our patients are provided with the best possible care and service. 

Kath & Angela are supported by Bridget Horn, Natalie Maxfield and Pramitha D’Souza.

 Clinic Nurses

Clinic Nurses

Louise Tillet

 

I joined the NHS in October 2009 initially in the Stop Smoking & Healthy Lifestyles Teams and then Rheumatology from January 2011, having previously worked in the private sector in Finance & Customer Services.

I manage the Administration Team.  I am responsible for data, finance and clinic management and support Carmel with the day to day operational running of the service and I.T projects.

 Louise Tillett

Louise Tillet
Business Support Officer

Administration Team

 

The service is supported by a dedicated team of secretaries whose roles include typing clinic letters, dealing with enquiries from patients and GPs, booking appointments and general day-to-day admin duties. 

Administration Team 

Administration Team