Dr Patricia McNeilly
Chair of PCEP
I have a long experience in Learning Disability and Mental Health in the voluntary sector and in the statutory sector. Contributing to different reviews and evaluations in particular “The Bamford Review”. I am a parent of a son with a learning disability and a Service User myself within Mental Health Services.
I am Maria Somerville. I am the carer for my 20 yr old son who has a rare genetic disorder "angelman syndrome". He is severely learning disabled & has complex health needs. I feel it is very important that the parent voice is represented & heard within health & social care. I believe the way forward is partnership working & therefore I am very excited about being involved with the School of Nursing & Midwifery in the PCEP forum. I believe it is a true model of inclusivity.
I care for my daughter Emma who has a rare brain condition called Acaridi Syndrome I feel that it is very important to involve carers and service users in all development of services.
Having been a carer for my late wife during her cancer journey I became involved and played an active role on the QUB website Cancer Caring Coping. This site is a resource for those entering a caring role. On the back of this I became a member of this group.
I have expertise in Severe Brain Injury, understanding trauma and recovery experiences to regain cognitive mental, emotional and physical wellbeing through reprogramming intellectual processes developing knowledge in learning and physical disabilities’. The impact of Patient and Carers Education Partnership engages support to shape and strengthen design and co-production tools for meaningful delivery of teaching sessions throughout the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Dr Paul Gallagher
I have been a regular user of a range of health and social services since I was seriously injured in 1994. I am a member of the WAVE Injured Group which successfully campaigned for a special pension for victims of the Troubles. As part of WAVE Trauma Centre, I am involved as a Citizen Educator and have contributed to the education and training of our future nurses, social workers, doctors, counsellors, and journalists at QUB and beyond.
Professor Kevin Gormley
Director of Internationalisation, School of Nursing & Midwifery, QUB
Dean College of Nursing & Midwifery, Mohammed Bin Rashid University (MBRU)
Dr Scott Peddie
I am a Consultant EMDR Psychotherapist, Director of The Viktor Frankl Centre at the Mirabilis Health Institute, and a former Mental Health Advocate. I am a Fellow of the International Society of Psychotherapy and Counselling. I became an Honorary Lecturer in the School and I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as being a member of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee. I have lived experience of Bipolar Disorder as a patient, and Autism as a carer.
Dr Jenny McNeill
I am the Lead Midwife for Education/Reader and I have been a research/academic staff member in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, QUB since 2003. I am committed to maximising the contribution of midwifery to enhancing outcomes for women and families in the perinatal period through education and research. Incorporating maternity service users in designing and providing high-quality midwifery education and research is a key contribution to achieving enhanced outcomes for women and families.
Dr Olinda Santin
Lecturer in Cancer Survivorship, School of Nursing & Midwifery, QUB
Voices group facilitator and guest lecturer of School of Nursing & Midwifery.
My lived experience of Breast Cancer and a massive involvement with the Tissue Viability Service in the Belfast Trust after surgery has allowed me to reflect positively on the service provided and I have been giving an annual lecture called “The Lived Experience” to the Tissue Repair and Regeneration students at Queen’s University since 2015. I also care for my daughter who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I value the involvement I have on the PCEP as I have a wealth of experience that can only be gained at the coal face.
Clerical Officer, School of Nursing & Midwifery, QUB
Secretary to Forum
Director of Education, School of Nursing & Midwifery, QUB.
The importance of involving patients and carers in the programme is vital to ensure our nursing students are facilitated in becoming kind, safe nurses who are striving at all times for excellence.
Dr Lynne Marsh
Professional Lead Learning Disabiity, School of Nursing & Midwifery, QUB
I am a member of GROW a mental health recovery group the southern trust mental health forum and the user and carrier service improvement group. The Bamford monitoring group I also work with the school of clinical psychology.
I’ve been a patient at Belfast City Hospital renal unit for 40 years. Following dialysis I received my first transplant in 1987. A second in 2020. I also have long term experience of Neurology and Rheumatology services, including for a rare disease. Involved in coproduction since 2010 my special interests are quality improvement, complex illnesses and rare disease, ethics, and human impact of resolving errors/ issues in care.
Throughout this time I have gained a wealth of experience with majority of my time being spent working in ED as a clinical sister. I believe there are many important factors to consider when providing medical and nursing care one of the most important being communication. I am delighted to be a member of the PCEP forum and I believe that the knowledge and experience I have gained throughout my many years as a nurse will undoubtedly be a benefit to this group.
In the past I was employed by a mental health charity GROW in Ireland as an area coordinator for the North East of Ireland, covering twelve groups. GROW Groups are community based and my role entailed establishing and monitoring groups while supporting existing groups. I retired early because of an ongoing health problem. I currently work in a volunteer capacity as the Company Secretary on the Board of Trustees for GROW in North of Ireland and monitor two GROW Groups. I have the dual experience of being a Service User as well as a Carer.
I am an expert in Mental Capacity law. I have cared for my mother with Dementia for 10 years. Negotiating the health care system on my mother’s behalf led me to study Advocacy. I then trained mental health Advocates and came to PCEP to discuss the potential impact of the Mental Capacity Act 2016 upon service users and carers. I now share my experiences with the Forum to inform curriculum development.
My name is Imelda and I am delighted to be a member of the PCEP forum. I strongly believe the partnership of patients and carers with the School of Nursing & Midwifery is vital in shaping the future talent of nurses and midwives. Supporting the school with my personal experience of midwifery services, I hope to shape the education and have this applied in clinical practice to enhance the service provided.
I have been a service user representative in maternity services for 8 years. I have lived experience of babyloss and mental health issues after my first baby was stillborn; I am also an antenatal teacher and doula and have years of experience supporting expectant parents through pregnancy and birth. I am very passionate about improving maternity services and ensuring that parents get the compassionate, individualised, evidence-based care they need.
I have worked within the health care sector as a care worker for over 10 years. I am now a full time career for my son Mason who has ‘Charge Syndrome’ and 5 other siblings. I have multiple dealings within different sectors and departments of the health and social care trusts. I have various types of training to Makaton signing and First aid.
I am Shannon-Marie Kelly, and I am currently a student nurse on the GEMS programme here at Queen’s. Since the age of six, I have been a carer for my mother who has a complex health history which includes kidney and heart failure. I am very passionate about helping to increase the awareness of the needs of carers, in particular to their own physical health, and have completed research in this area during my previous studies. I wholly believe that by including carers and service users in the development of the healthcare service, the gold standard of care can become more achievable.
My name is Emma Fraser, I’m mum to Caitlin born in 2012 and Elliott born in 2016. I have been involved with maternity services as a user representative since 2015 and in the time since have been involved in local maternity services, regional Home Birth guidelines, QUB midwifery curriculum update and more. I’m also a doula and antenatal teacher so have regular contact with parents currently going through maternity services.
Dr Derek McLaughlin
I have been a Mental Health Nurse for many years, I came to Queen's University Belfast in 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing. I had the privelege of being Chair of this Forum for three years and I am delighted to see the Forum developing and very pleased to remain part of this.
My name is Jai Hunter. I am mum to two boys, Frank born in Australia and Jack born in Northern Ireland. I want to be able to empower individuals throughout pregnancy and birth and be a voice for all the women.
I am mum to two daughters and a third angel daughter. I personally have lived experience of maternity services including baby loss. I am also a Reflexologist, specialising in the maternity period (pregnancy & postnatal). I help support women during the huge transition into motherhood. I feel very grateful to be a part of the PCEP forum, to have the opportunity to expand my knowledge and play a part in improving maternity services and be a voice for expectant parents.
The late Liz Cunningham
In memory of Liz who passed away on 7th August 2022
I’m Liz Cunningham and I was retired at 50 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s & Posterior Cortical Atrophy. I am married with two daughters and one grandson. I taught I.T. and specialised in Adaptive Technology. Since my diagnosis, over the last 10 years I wanted to make change for others who had a diagnosis of dementia. I was part of the Still Me campaign, which helped others learn about Dementia.