A UK based consortium focusing upon the development of palliative care in hospital, hospice and home-based settings in developing countries and resource-limited situations.

Trustees

Jane Appleton, RGN BA (Hons) MSc – Chair of Trustees

Jane has worked in palliative care practice, education and operational management for the past 30 years in a variety of roles.  She has worked in an inpatient hospice setting, with a palliative care team in an acute hospital, in a palliative care academic role and in a community palliative care team.

She was the Programme Leader for Palliative Care at Oxford Brookes University from 2000-2007, this included the leadership of a collaborative project with Nairobi Hospice to deliver a Diploma in Higher Education in Palliative Care in Nairobi for African students.

Following this she worked for a national UK charity in several roles including a national education lead role and a hospice director role, responsible for the operational management of a 15 bed hospice and 3 community teams in the UK.

Most recently Jane was employed by the University of Birmingham working on the NHS leadership programme; this is an MSc programme with a leadership award for NHS middle managers.

As a founder member and Trustee of Palliative Care Works, Jane has worked in several African countries including Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana and more recently in the West Bank.


Helen Bennett, RGN RSCN MSc PhD

Helen has been involved in palliative care education and clinical practice for the past 30 years in a variety of roles.

She has worked at a number of Children’s Hospices across the UK providing care and support to children and families and more recently as a manager of a new team providing community and inpatient care.

Whilst working at Together for Short Lives, the UK charity for children’s palliative care, she worked in an education and development role and was able to guide best practice for the sector.

As a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, Helen was involved with the teaching programme in Nairobi that began her association with Kenya. She has worked with AfrOx and World Child Cancer on a partnership project with Korle Bu Hospital, Accra and Edinburgh University Teaching Hospital to deliver a children’s palliative care training programme. She has been engaged in a number of virtual teaching modules in Bethlehem and across the UK.

Helen is passionate about training and professional development to support individuals to deliver the best outcomes for patients and their families.


Dr Charlie Bond, BA Hons BmBc DTM&H MRCGP

Dr Charlie Bond originally trained as a GP but has been working in specialist palliative care for the last sixteen years. He has been Medical Director of Katharine House Hospice, Banbury since 2010 and is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine for the Oxford University Hospitals Trust (The Horton). He has an interest in the development of palliative care in resource-limited settings and an association with Africa begun in 1985 as a volunteer teacher in Kenya for a year, and later working in refugee camps on the Tanzania/Rwanda border. He developed and co-authored the Palliative Care Toolkit and has contributed to palliative care education and capacity-building in Malawi, Sierra Leone, China and Tanzania.


Dr Charles Campion-Smith, MB ChB DCH MA FRCGP

Charles was a GP in Dorchester for 30+ years with an interest in palliative care and primary care education. For much of that time he has worked with Macmillan on education for primary care teams and communication skills. With his wife Sue he worked in Korogwe in Tanzania in 2009 supporting the introduction of palliative care and building local capacity. They continue to visit and support the team with a distance learning programme. He made two visits to Homa Bay, Kenya as part of the THET / University of Edinburgh palliative care project. He is a mentor in DfID palliative care project working with Nyangao team by WhatsApp and Zoom meetings. As part of this project he has developed a Typeform to prompt local health workers’ systematic assessment of symptoms and record the outcomes.


Gillian Chowns, BA MSc PhD

Gillian was a senior lecturer in palliative care at Oxford Brookes University and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton. A specialist palliative care social worker, whose PhD focussed on the experience of children living with the life threatening illness of a parent, her association with Africa goes back over 30 years. She has lived and taught in Kenya for several periods, and in 2007 travelled widely in East and southern Africa as a Winston Churchill Fellow, researching the effectiveness of palliative care education and the support offered to children of the terminally ill.

Since founding PCW she has taught and mentored in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia and Palestine.

As an independent, freelance supervisor, she has offered supervision to a number of hospices, most recently as a Bereavement Supervisor and Trainer. Publications include journal articles and book chapters and she co-edited a Special Issue on Palliative Care for the British Journal of Social Work Practice.


Stephen Chowns, BSc(Eng) MPhil – Secretary

Stephen retired following a career as a specialist in human resource management. He now does voluntary work in his local community and for the Youth Hostels Association. He was a volunteer 'Games Maker' at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games!

His career included HR appointments in industry and commerce, and lecturing and consultancy in both in the UK and Kenya. He focused particularly on employee relations, team-building, leadership and employment law.

Stephen’s responsibilities with PCW include managing our newsletter and website, and contributing his IT and video skills to our Training of Trainers programmes.


Dr Karilyn Collins, MBBS DTM&H Dip Pal Med MBE – Treasurer

Karilyn is a specialist palliative care physician with experience in the United Kingdom and Tanzania. She worked in both general practice and palliative care in the UK for 25 years after which she worked for 6 years in Tanzania and founded Muheza Hospice Care, the first independent hospice in the country to provide palliative care in both hospital and community.

Her particular field of interest is the integration of palliative care into HIV care and treatment programmes, and supporting Palliative Care Toolkit teaching and mentoring at various locations in Tanzania, Ghana, India, and Rwanda. Under her mentorship, the team in Dapagaon, India had a paper on the palliative care needs in HIV accepted for the 2016 IAPCON conference in Pune and a poster in the APCA conference in Uganda the same year.

She was awarded the MBE in 2011 for services to palliative medicine in Tanzania and the UK. In 2018 PCW was awarded an SCCF (Small Charities Challenge Fund) grant from UKAid to introduce palliative care to SE Tanzania. The project was led by Karilyn and, despite the problems of the Covid-19 pandemic,  successfully completed in 2021 with acclamation from the Tanzanian Department of Health.


Dr Michael Minton, BSc MBBS FRCP London

Michael was consultant in Palliative Medicine and Medical Director at Sir Michael Sobell House, Oxford University Hospitals for 21 years.  He has been involved in international palliative care training since 1988.

From 1992 until 2002 he was co-chair with Prof. Jacek Lucak (Poznan, Poland) of an annual five-day residential palliative care course in Poznan, which attracted doctors and health care staff from all over Central and Eastern Europe.

He has attended and contributed to the Indian Association of PC annual conferences since 1999.

He has supported the training at CanSupport, a community based PC charity in Delhi, India, which was founded by Harmala Gupta and Ruth Wooldridge.

Since retirement from the NHS he has been a mentor on projects in Rwanda (THET/University of Edinburgh) and Tanzania (PCW/UK Aid Direct).


Dr George Smerdon, MB BS DRCOG FRCGP

George retired in 2008 after 35 years as a General Practitioner in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. He has always had a special interest in palliative care, and, in 2010, was recruited to support the Tearfund Lake Region Palliative Care pilot programme in Tanzania, working as mentor to the co-ordinator of the home-based PC team in Geita district. This initially involved a three-month attachment then subsequent follow up visits over the next two years

In 2014 he, like several other PCW trustees, became a palliative care mentor with the THET 4 countries programme (co-ordinated by Edinburgh University Global Academy) supporting, in his case, two palliative care teams in Zambia with whom he remains in touch.

In 2016-2019 George was a member of a PCW multi professional teaching team delivering palliative care training to teams of health and social care workers from a range of hospitals both in and out of Addis Ababa. This has been in collaboration with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and funded by Rotary International’s Global Fund. Subsequent to that, the PCW team was asked to support a new training programme being developed in Hawassa in Ethiopia.

International travel was suspended during the Covid pandemic, during which, PCW continued to deliver online training and provide extended mentorship to a number of colleagues with whom PCW has previously worked.

George is a member of the PCW team responsible for producing the five palliative care films released in December 2021.

Currently, he is a member of another PCW team working in conjunction with Hospice Ethiopia and Hospice Ethiopia UK supporting the roll out of a standardised basic palliative care training course for Ethiopian health and social care workers.


Ruth Wooldridge, RGN OBE

Ruth trained as a nurse and midwife and immediately followed this by working in a rural hospital in Uganda with VSO. This ignited her interest in working overseas and several years later worked in Ethiopia for Oxfam.

While posted overseas as an accompanying spouse Ruth co-founded Nairobi Hospice and later CanSupport, a homebased palliative care service in Delhi and pioneered palliative care in Rwanda.

As a founder member and with PCW she has worked in Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Ruth co-authored the Palliative Care Toolkit for resource limited health settings 2008

She was awarded the Robert Tiffany RCN award for palliative care in Kenya, and the OBE for services to palliative care overseas in 2000.