Samantha Parkin - Clinical Manager/Deputy CEO
After completing my registered nurse training and degree in Health Care Studies, I started working with complementary therapies within palliative care. I qualified as an aromatherapist, a reflexologist and reiki practitioner, as well as completing a variety of other courses, including communication and counselling skills. My interest stemmed from a desire to enhance my patient’s quality of life. Using the techniques to help clients learn how to relax and to develop strategies to help them cope and find a “new normality” following a cancer diagnosis. I took over as Clinical Manager at Beechwood in 2000, which has involved a change of focus from working with clients to supporting and developing team members. Also looking to the future and deciding Beechwood’s priorities and developing strategies to meet these, maintaining the great services we have, as well as expanding into new areas. Since taking the lead, I have been involved in developing a number of the services we now provide, including; Family Therapy, Bereavement Support and the Macmillan Information and Support Service. I have also initiated some smaller projects such as the partnership with Headstrong and more recently a collaboration with Arc to deliver art taster sessions to clients at the Centre.
Carol Harrison - Clinical Support Manager
I have worked at Beechwood since 1995. I am a Registered General Nurse and have a Diploma in Counselling, Reflexology and Hypnotherapy. My role is to deliver a service of care to patients, carers and the bereaved.
Colette Kelly - Deputy Clinical Manager
I have worked in both the NHS and private sector as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gastroenterology and have developed and managed specialist nursing services for patients suffering with chronic illness in various hospitals around the country. A large aspect of my role was to develop support groups and educational packages for both patients and nurses. More recently I have been working as a Lecturer in Health and Social care and as a palliative care nurse. My role at Beechwood is to support and work with the clinical team and to develop a comprehensive professional education portfolio.
Nurse Counsellors - TEAM
The Nurse Counselling Team work with patients, carers and the bereaved accessing support for cancer and other life limiting illness.
Complementary Therapists - TEAM
The Complementary Therapist Team provide adapted therapies to patients, carers and the bereaved on Programme.
Family Therapists - TEAM
The Family Therapy Team support children, younger adults and the wider family affected by cancer and other life limiting illness.
Macmillan - TEAM
The Macmillan Team provide cancer Information and Support on a drop in or appointment basis.