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RCCP Council Members & Officers

Trefor Watts, Chair 

Trefor is Chair of RCCP and until his retirement from the NHS in the summer of 2017 his day job was managing a multidisciplinary physiological measurement department (Cardiology, Neurophysiology and Respiratory Physiology with support to vascular, GI and Urodynamics services). He worked in the NHS for almost 40 years, starting in pathology but quickly moving to clinical physiology via physics. He is passionate about quality training and expanding the roles and responsibilities about clinical physiologists. On a regional basis he still chairs the local clinical physiology and clinical physics training committee and was a founder member of the regional clinical physiology group. He is a senior clinical examiner for ARTP and has assisted in the development of professional examinations at all levels, and recently was heavily involved in the Modernising Scientific Careers project.

email: chair@rccp.co.uk
 
Lesley Murphy, Chief Executive Officer

RCCP is pleased to announce that its new CEO, Lesley Murphy has joined the team. Lesley has many years of experience in working at board level in the NHS, as well as the public and third sectors. Highlights have included working as CEO for membership organisations such as The Association of Anaesthetists and The Intensive Care Society. Her recent work has been for the British Society of Gastroenterology where she has led the production of a membership engagement strategy. She has held roles as CEO of four PCTs concurrently and subsequently as Arden,Herefordshire and Worcestershire Area Director for NHS England was also instrumental in building a Champions network and writing a staff Engagement Strategy for NHS England’s 6000 plus staff.Lesley is passionate about delivering professional management to enable clinicians to support patients and safeguard the public.
 
Kelly St. Pier, Registrar


Kelly St. Pier is the newly appointed RCCP Registrar.  Kelly has more than 23 years’ experience working in the NHS as a Neurophysiologist and more latterly as a Chartered Scientist (2012) and HCPC regulated Clinical Scientist (2017).  She has 10 years experience of managing the complex epilepsy and Children’s Epilepsy Surgery Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.  The role of RCCP Registrar is strengthened by her involvement in professional affairs over a number of years including the roles of Vice Chair of RCCP in addition to the Association of Neurophysiological Scientists (ANS) Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary Archivist and Chartered Scientist (CSci) Representative (2005-to date).  A professional highlight was playing a lead in the development of the RCCP Masters-level entry to the register and for ANS to hold a licence to award Chartered Scientist status through the Science Council.  Kelly was awarded a Fellowship of ANS in recognition of her outstanding practice and pursuance within the profession.  More recently she has engaged in independent clinical practice through her own Ltd Company working also with United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) as an Independent Neurophysiology Technical Assessor for their Improving Quality in Physiological Measurement services (IQIPs) program.  She passionately promotes the patient safety agenda and the delivery of the highest professional standards in physiological measurement.

email: kellystpier@rccp.co.uk
 
Peter Byrom, Treasurer

Peter Byrom worked at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust as the Adult Audiology Lead until Autumn 2017. Having originally trained at Sheffield ‘s Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Sheffield Children’s Hospital he moved to Rotherham in 2005 where he completed an MSc in Advanced Practice at University of Leeds. Rotherham’s Audiology department merged with the internationally recognised Primary Ear Care Service in 2011 and as a combined team of specialist nurses and audiologists is innovative and dynamic. Peter’s speciality is Tinnitus, he was a member of the British Tinnitus Association Professional Advisors Committee, completing a 5 year term,  notably this involved speaking at the International Seminar in Berlin. He is a registered Hearing Aid Dispenser and also undertakes medico-legal work. He is also the Director of Peter Byrom Audiology Ltd. Peter lives in Sheffield with his wife and 3 children.

email: Treasurer@rccp.co.uk
Joy Tweed, Lay Member

Joy Tweed is a lecturer at the University of Westminster, where she lectures on leadership and healthcare governance. A strong advocate of increasing service-user involvement in health services, Joy also provides training to service users seeking to influence the provision and commissioning of health services.

Joy has previously served as a non-executive director on an NHS board and as a member of the disciplinary committee, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB. With a strong interest in professional regulation, Joy was a lay council member at the Health and Care Professions Council (2009 – 2016), and Chair of the Education and Training Committee.


 

Gillian Adams, Lay Member

Gillian graduated from The University of Manchester with a BSc in Management Sciences and held senior HR roles in Manufacturing, Retail and Banking before joining a Change Management Consultancy in 2000. Gillian currently works as a Business Change Consultant advising organisations across a range of industries how to successfully plan and implement transformational change. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Gillian is an Independent Lay Board Member for Public and Patient Engagement on West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and holds a lay role on NHS England’s Clinical Reference Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. She has also represented patients on the NHS England Quality and Clinical Risk Committee and was Healthwatch Leicestershire’s former Vice Chair. Gillian brings professional business expertise combined with experience of patient engagement within the NHS at national and local level.  

Kathy Noble, GI Representative

Kathy has been a member of RCCP since its inception in 2001 and has been the GI representative since 2011.
Kathy has been a member of AGIP formally known as Clinical Measurements Associates since its inauguration. She was elected on to the AGIP committee in 2002 and chaired the committee for three years, which involved working with the Department of Health during the introduction of Modernising Scientific Careers. AGIP awarded Kathy a Fellowship in 2007.
 
Kathy is the Professional Body Moderator for the GI physiology specialist option of the BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology degree at De Montfort University and previously at the Castle College, Nottingham.
 
Kathy is an accredited independent practitioner has worked in the field of GI physiology for 25 years. She is the Principal GI Physiologist and Service Manager of a large regional department at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust since 1994. She specialises in oesophageal physiology with an interest in gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and laryngo-pharyngeal reflux.
 
Kathy is highly committed to the training of students in GI Physiology to achieve accreditation with AGIP and registration with RCCP.

email: katherine.noble@heartofengland.nhs.uk

Dr Karl Sylvester, Respiratory Physiology Representative

Karl is the current Honorary Chair of the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology (ARTP), the professional body representing respiratory and sleep physiologists/scientists across the UK. He has been an RCCP member since it’s inception.
After completing his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at King’s College London he became a respiratory and sleep medical technical officer in the Lung Function Unit at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He then went on to complete a PhD in respiratory and haematological medicine at Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine investigating the respiratory complications associated with sickle cell disease and presented his research worldwide. On completing his PhD Karl was appointed Chief Clinical Respiratory Physiologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has since been appointed the Head of Joint Respiratory Physiology Services covering both Papworth and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals and has been tasked with merging the two respiratory physiology services into one cohesive Cambridge Respiratory Physiology service providing lung function to both hospitals in time for the move of Papworth Hospital onto the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
He is a station writer and OSFA examiner for the National School of Healthcare Science and also examines on the ARTP professional qualifications.  He presents and teaches on many aspects of respiratory physiology with a specific interest in cardio-pulmonary exercise testing. He leads the faculty of the ARTP Cardio-pulmonary exercise testing course, is a faculty member of the Cambridge/UCLA CPET course and the BTS Short Course on advanced CPET interpretation. He is a founder member of the ARTP/BTS Strategic Delivery Board and is Secretary Elect of Group 9.1, the speciality group for respiratory physiologists/scientists of the European Respiratory Society.

email: karl.sylvester@addenbrookes.nhs.uk
 
Peter Bill, Neurophysiology Representative

Peter Bill is a Clinical Physiologist in Neurophysiology who has been registered with RCCP for over 10 years. Peter has been professionally active for the Association of Neurophysiological Scientists for many years in roles such as Careers Advisor, professional Affairs Advisor, Vice-Chair and currently Chairman. Peter has spent the past 14 years working at Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he has helped develop a medical and surgical video telemetry unit as well as offering a diverse spectrum of Neurophysiological investigations to both inpatients and outpatients. Peter is a chartered scientist and on the M-level RCCP register.

email: peter.bill@bch.nhs.uk
 
Sue Falkingham, Audiology Representative
 
Sue Falkingham is President of the British Academy of Audiology for 2017-2019.
A Hearing Therapist and Audiologist by profession Sue trained and worked in the NHS for many years. Sue is a firm believer that every Healthcare Professional should be on a register and be accountable for their professional behaviour to the public, Sue has been an RCCP registrant since audiology joined the register and is also registered as a HEaring Aid Dispenser with the HCPC. Now working in a commercial environment as part of a National Audiology Training Team Sue is passionate about professional standards and training as well as continuing professional development.   


 

Lizanne Steenkamp, PBEC Chair & Audiology Representative 

Lizanne Steenkamp received both her Bachelor’s degree in Human Genetics (1999) and her Honours Degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology (2003) from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.  In 2010 she completed the PgCert in Professional and Higher Education at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student looking at the Professional Identity of the Audiologist in the United Kingdom.  She is a registered Audiologist and Speech and Language Therapist.
 
Lizanne worked as a Speech Language Therapist and Audiologist in South Africa before coming to Scotland in 2005. Between 2005 and 2007 she worked as an Audiologist in the National Health Service in Scotland. She joined QMU as a lecturer in Audiology in 2007 and teaches a variety of modules across the programmes in the division of Speech and Hearing Sciences.  She is interested in the education of future audiologists and has experience in curriculum development and coordination at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Audiology. Lizanne is the BAA Board Director for Education, Accreditation and Registration and the Chair of the RCCP Professional Body Education Committee (PBEC). 

 
 
Loré King, co-opted member of Council

Loré has been working in Cardiology for over 30 years, starting as a student Physiological Measurement Technician and working through to become a Senior Chief Cardiac Technician at age 23. She expanded her role to include the role of Business Manager and remained in that role for a number of years before moving out into industry. She worked for a period as a Cardiac Applications Specialist for GE Ultrasound, but returned to the NHS following a change in circumstances. She has worked in several hospitals in the south east of England and has worked within the Belfast Trust for the last 10 years, and most recently, as part of the Invasive team in the Cardiac Cath Labs.
Loré has always had an active interest in the development of our profession. She has been an RCCP member since its inception and as well as participating in Council has now taken on responsibility for student membership.

Kate Mason, GI Representative

Kate is a Clinical Scientist in GI Physiology and is based at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. She has been a member of RCCP since 2007 and became a GI representative in 2017.
Kate has worked in the field of GI Physiology for 16 years. She joined AGIP in 2005 and became an accredited independent practitioner in 2006 (on completion of the BSc Clinical Physiology degree). In 2011 she became the Education Chair for AGIP, a role she undertook for 4 years. During her time as Chair, she was involved with the start of the MSC Scientific Training Programme for GI.
 
Kate is highly committed to the training of students in GI Physiology.
 
email:  kate.mason@sth.nhs.uk
 
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