BACPR Council & Staff

BACPR Council & Staff

The BACPR belongs to its members. The BACPR council mirrors the multidisciplinary nature of the association integrating at least six professional disciplines as well as representation from all four nations. The Council is made up of five Executive and nine Ordinary Officers (who are all elected from within the membership), together with Co-opted representatives from key partnership organisations. In addition management and administrative support is provided by the BACPR Education team and a BCS Affiliates Coordinator.

Dr Kathryn Carver
BACPR President

Kathryn undertook her BSc and nurse training at Edinburgh University. Within 18 months of qualifying she was working in cardiothoracic surgery ITU at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the start of a career long passion for improving the lives of those with cardiac disease. This has included working across the UK as a trainer for the IABP when it was pretty much the only form of mechanical support available and cardiothoracic ITU in Oxford before moving to Cambridge University Hospitals. In the last 16 years she has worked at Addenbrooke’s to support those living with heart disease as a chronic condition. She managed the cardiac rehabilitation service for 12 years and then moved to lead the Integrated Heat Failure Service in 2016.

She continued her education undertaking both her Masters in Nursing at the University of Wales College of Medicine and her PhD at the University of Brighton whilst working full time clinically. Her PhD ‘Biographical Restorying after a Heart Attack’, completed in 2018, explored the factors influencing the adaptation of health beliefs following a heart attack. She is currently editing a Cardiac Nursing Textbook with a colleague from London. Kathryn previously served on the BACPR as treasurer between 2012 and 2015 and has many happy memories of Conference in particular the social events on a Thursday evening.

Kathryn lives with her husband and has three grown up children whose support and encouragement have been instrumental in all she has achieved. She lives in a Fenland village in Cambridgeshire and enjoys walking and holidaying particularly in France where sampling the wine is a key part of the trip.

Prof Susan Dawkes
Past President of BACPR & ICCPR Representative

Nurse, Scotland
Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Heather Probert
BACPR Treasurer

Heather is the cardiac rehabilitation (CR) lead at Harefield Hospital, Middlesex and has worked in CR for over 14 years, working with a wide range of people with cardiac conditions including transplants, LVADs and advanced heart failure patients pre transplant.

It is of great importance to Heather for us to support each other and evolve our services to meet the needs of patients in these challenging times. She has experience of developing her service to offer both virtual and face to face options and hope to be able to use my experience to both help support the membership as well as have an impact more nationally as our speciality transitions over the coming months/years. Over time, new methods that we incorporate into our services may help us recruit some of the 50% who didn’t attend CR previously.

Outside of work, Heather is the ACPICR treasurer, chaired the last two ACPICR Standards documents and is chairing the current update. She also lectures on the Heart Failure and Part 2 BACPR/ACPICR courses.

Jen Hannay
BACPR Honorary Secretary

Jen has over 12 years’ experience of working within a cardiovascular rehabilitation (CR) setting since graduating with a BSc (PE & Sports Science) and MSc (Cardiovascular Rehabilitation) from the University of Chester. She has also completed a PGCert in Healthcare Leadership and holds the Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist qualification.

Jen is currently Lead Exercise Physiologist at Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust and jointly co-ordinates the CR service as well as supporting delivery of diagnostic exercise testing for the Community Cardiology Clinic. Jen’s current passion is working towards true individualised cardiovascular rehabilitation for all. She hopes with the introduction of digital solutions and novel ways of service delivery, a broader range of options will be available in order to provide the right rehab, for the right person at the right time, both for priority patient groups and also to those who would also benefit from the intervention.

Dr Tom Butler
BACPR Scientific Officer / Conference Committee Chair

Tom completed his undergraduate degree in Human Biology (BSc Hons) at the University of Hull and subsequently went on to complete a doctorate with a thesis titled 'Impact of dietary manipulation on cardiac hypertrophy'. This project was funded by grants from the Hull and East Riding Cardiac Research Trust Fund and the Clinical Biosciences Institute at the University of Hull, and examined the role of dietary fat and carbohydrate on cardiac functional and metabolic remodelling in response to hypertension and obesity.

He is both a registered dietitian with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and British Dietetic Association (BDA), and registered nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition (AfN), specialising in nutritional science. Tom is a senior lecturer and programme leader in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Chester.

Alison Allen

Alison spent several years working in the field of coronary care before specialising in cardiac rehabilitation in 1994. She is now clinical lead for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service in Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Board.

Her passion for cardiac rehabilitation and prevention has continued for over 25 years. She has been an integral member of the All Wales Cardiac Rehabilitation and Heart Failure working group whose key objective is to support, drive quality and work collaboratively to improve services across Wales. She continues to be an active member of the NACR steering group having been an early adopter of the audit since the mid 1990's.

Her professional interests include Heart failure, Health promotion and Health behaviour change and her aim is to improve the links between cardiac rehab and primary care health care professionals.

Simone Meldrum

Simone started her Nurse training back in 1990 and worked within A&E, acute Cardiac and Intensive Care in Kent, Newcastle and Yorkshire. She has been involved with Cardiac Rehab and Heart Failure since 2000. Simone initially set up an outreach Cardiac Rehab programme in Richmond North Yorkshire.

After living in the USA for 2 years she returned to the UK in 2006 and was employed to help set up an outreach Cardiac Rehab Programme in Suffolk as part of an initial project funded by the British Heart Foundation. Now she runs the West Suffolk Community Cardiac Rehab Team and has a passion for making Cardiac Rehab accessible for patients especially, for those who live in inaccessible areas.

Simone has been a Clinical Champion for Physical Activity for Public Health England, training other health care professionals to improve their confidence to have conversation with patients about introducing physical activity as part of their practice.

She is currently studying towards her MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice and has recently completed the BACPR Specialist Exercise Instructor Level 4 Cardiac Qualification. She enjoys running, yoga and spending time with her husband and 2 teenage daughters, dog Monty and Mini the cat.

Gill Farthing

Gill is a Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust in Winchester and has over 20 years’ experience in cardiovascular nursing with a particular focus on cardiac rehabilitation and prevention. She has worked in a variety of settings both in hospitals and the community, has been involved with setting up a community programme from its inception, and believes in a holistic approach to cardiac rehabilitation focusing on both the heart and mind of the individual. Having initially joining council as an ordinary officer, Gill has since taken on the role of Treasurer.

Jenny Aindow

Jenny qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1998 and for the early part of her career worked mainly in mental health settings. She had a temporary deviation in carer working for the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening programme where she became interested in the field of Public Health and was lucky enough to study this subject at Masters level. She started working in Cardiac Rehab in 2015 as an OT leading on the psychosocial component of the programme.

As a lone OT within a team she is aware that there are many lone professionals in Cardiac Rehab teams, this gives a good patient experience, so understands the importance of being an established part of an MDT whilst maintaining professional support. She is interested in the pathways for cardiac patients to access emotional and wellbeing support in an equitable way across the country, particularly those with life changing diagnosis.

Dr Carolyn Deighan

Dr Carolyn Deighan, C Psychol , is a chartered health psychologist for the Heart Manual Department NHS Lothian leading the psychology input into the facilitated resources and associated clinician training in the UK and internationally.

Academic roles included lecturer in health psychology at Queen Margaret and Heriot-Watt universities, Edinburgh. She is a regular guest lecturer for sports science and medical students at the Institute of Sports and Exercise, University of Edinburgh, and Health Psychology trainees at Stirling and Aberdeen Universities.

Carolyn was principle investigator for the Digital Heart Manual evaluation with the Centre for Population Sciences, University of Edinburgh. She has collaborated in the development of new rehabilitation interventions and training in heart failure (Heart Cycle EU and REACH-HF) and cancer (the Cancer Manual). Carolyn is module lead for the BACPR Health Behaviour change and Psychosocial online modules. Carolyn joined BACPR council in December 2016, re-elected in 2018 taking on the role of BACPR Honorary Secretary in 2019.

Natalie Graham

Natalie has over 6 years’ experience of working in Cardiac Rehabilitation setting since graduating with a BSc (Sport and Exercise Science) and MSc (Clinical Exercise Physiology) from Liverpool John Moores University. She currently is an Exercise Specialist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and for the past 2 years has also lead a Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation programme, Ealing Cardiac Group Fitness. Natalie hopes that having experience in both the NHS and Phase IV setting will help to bridge the gap between the two services.

Natalie’s passion is around service development, and her main goal is to provide truly individualised programme to patients that are specific to their goals and suit their lifestyle. She hopes that the introduction of bespoke services and the use of technology will increase patient uptake and adherence to the Cardiac Rehabilitation programmes.

Ruby James

Ruby is an Occupational Therapist working in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. Graduating from Cardiff University in 2013, she has worked within a range of settings from A&E to Mental Health before specialising in Cardiac Rehabilitation in 2017. Ruby is now an active member of both the All Wales CR & HF and All Wales Occupational Therapy working groups.

Ruby feels Occupational Therapy has a role in Cardiovascular Disease prevention and rehabilitation because it aims to increase occupational function and reduce risk factors. Within the BACPR Council she is keen to promote the role of Occupational Therapists, share professional knowledge & expertise and to broaden the depth of professionals represented on the council.

Susan Casnello

Susan worked in the field of coronary care, where she developed an interest and passion for Cardiac Rehabilitation, which she has been involved with since 1992. She has worked in both Liverpool and Salford. She has worked as a clinical specialist nurse in Salford since 2000 and was the project lead for the British Heart Foundation funded menu development project for the service in Salford, between 2005 and 2008. This aimed to improve access, target the hard-to-reach groups and provide a service that meets the needs of the individual and their families.

Following this she returned to clinical practice within the Salford cardiovascular rehabilitation service, promoting individualised multi-modal service delivery, quality improvement and inclusion of PAD patients within the service. She is service lead for patient experience, NACR, policy, documentation, and digitalisation of the service and is a non-medical prescriber.

She brings to the role experience and a passion to raise the profile of cardiovascular rehabilitation. Her goal is to ensure services are able to offer an individualised service, using a range of delivery methods to all those with cardiovascular disease who would benefit.

She enjoys walking, cycling and skiing but especially spending time with her family.

Ceri Roberts

Ceri Roberts RN BSc MSc is currently the Service Lead Nurse for the North Bristol NHS Trust. His previous experience within the sport and exercise science field coupled with his qualified nursing skills has best placed him to deal with the management of chronic diseases from a clinical and lifestyle perspective. Ceri also teaches and assesses on the exercise instructor course as well as various education study days.

Dr Hayes Dalal
Primary Care Representative

Lisa Spratt
Northern Ireland Representative

Claire Dobson
British Heart Foundation (BHF)

Sarah Brown
Cardiovascular Care Partnership UK / Patient Representative (CCP UK)

Vicki Hatch
Exercise Instructor Network (EIN) Chair

Susan Young
Exercise Professionals Group (EPG) Chair

Prof Patrick Doherty
National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR) Representative

Prof Zaheer Yousef
British Society for Heart Failure (BSH)

Katherine Thompson
Office for Health Improvement & Disparities (OHID)

Dr Aynsley Cowie
BHF Clinical Research Collaborative (BHF CRC)

Dr Nikhil Ahluwalia
British Junior Cardiologists Association (BJCA) Representative

Valerie Collins
BCS Membership & Affiliate Societies Coordinator

Sally Hinton
BACPR Executive Director

Vivienne Stockley
BACPR Education Coordinator

Penny Hudson
BACPR Education Administrator

Dr Aynsley Cowie
BACPR Education and Training Lead