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Meet the haematology nursing team

Nicky Clack

Nicky Clack, haematology matron, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Job title: head of nursing

Biography: Nicky started at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in 2000 and has spent most of her career working in haematology and oncology. She is proud to work with a team of dedicated and expert nurses caring for patients with a wide range of haematological diseases. She is committed to ensuring good patient and staff experience and to the development of the nursing workforce. 

Education and training: Diploma in Nursing, King's College London; BSc (Hons) Cancer Care; Post Graduate Diploma, Advanced Practice (Leadership); BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Greenwich.

Specialist interests: cancer/palliative care.

Abi Jones

Abi Jones

Job title: day unit manager

Biography: during Abigael's nursing career in Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Barts Health, she has gained experience in a range of clinical areas including haematology and oncology, and intensive care units. Throughout her career, she has cared for a variety of haematological patients, including patients undergoing chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. She has now joined the haematology day unit as the sister.

Neill Westerdale

Neil Westerdale, advanced nurse practitioner - haemoglobinopathies

Job title: advanced nurse practitioner – haemoglobinopathies

Biography: Neill started work as a clinical nurse specialist in haemoglobinopathies at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in 1994. He became advanced nurse practitioner in 2008. Neil’s role includes managing adult sickle cell patients, both inpatients and outpatients. Neill also manages the clinical nurse specialists working within the adult haemoglobinopathy team. Neill is the acute nurse representative for the United Kingdom forum on Haemoglobinopathies, and the treasurer of the forum for Acute Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Nurses (Fast-N).

Education and training: registered general nurse, Rotherham (1987); children's nurse, Booth Hall Children’s Hospital, Manchester (1989); MSc health of ethnic minorities, King's College University (2003).

Specialist interests: sickle cell disease, priapism (painful erections), pain management in sickle cell disease.

Gavin Maynard-Wyatt

Gavin Maynard-Wyatt, lead cancer nurse - teenage and young adults

Job title: lead cancer nurse – teenage and young adults (TYA)

Biography: Gavin is the teenage and young adults (TYA) lead cancer nurse. Looking after 16-24 year olds, his role is to ensure that the needs of his patients are met, from diagnosis and treatment through to outpatient follow ups. Part of Gavin's role is to give his patients opportunities to meet and socialise with other young people who are going through similar experiences. He also works closely with the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Education and training: BSc Hons professional practice in clinical haematology, Thames Valley University (2006); MSc advanced practice in cancer care, Surrey University (2009).

Specialist interests: 16-24 year olds who have had a cancer diagnosis. 

Claire Woodley 

Claire Woodley, haematology research sister / team leader

Job title: clinical nurse specialist in myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) (Monday, Tuesday and Friday)

Biography: Claire has over 20 years experience in haematological nursing. She holds a BSc (hons) in adult nursing and a PGdip in advanced practice, cancer and palliative care. She has worked at Guy's Hospital since 2004 in the haematology day unit, as a research sister/team leader for clinical trials across haematological malignancies and in her current role as a clinical nurse specialist. Claire works with a team of consultants in a nationally and internationally recognised service providing specialist nursing practice and expert guidance to patients, their families and colleagues. She practices within nurse-led clinics, consultants clinics and inpatient/outpatients setting. She is able to physically assess patients and is aiming to complete her independent prescriber’s qualification. Claire runs the MPN patient support group and supports the national patient charity MPN Voice. Claire has presented at both national and international events on subjects including the nurses contribution to managing MPN patients.

Education and training: Postgraduate Diploma in advanced practice – cancer and palliative care, cancer nursing practice, haematological nursing care, BSc Hons pre-registration adult nursing, independent prescriber.

Specialist interests: management of MPN, myelofibrosis, symptom management, integration of clinical trials into haematology practice.   

Karen Stanley 


Job title: haematology advanced nurse practitioner
Tel: 020 7188 9333

Biography: Karen has over 20 years experience working in a variety of haemato-oncology settings in three different countries. Karen has been in her current role as a haematology advanced nurse practitioner since 2017 having spent the previous thirteen years as a lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia clinical nurse specialist. Karen acts as a leader and role model for excellence in haematology nursing. She provides specialist advanced nursing practice, intervention, expert guidance and support of patients particularly in the management of a haematological malignancy, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy and post treatment follow up within the haematology department. Karen completed an MSc in advanced practice (cancer nursing) at King's College London in 2013 and as a result has implemented new initiatives to improve patient care. She has a special interest in the development of nurse-led initiatives and independently run a nurse-led long term follow up/late effects clinic for lymphoma patients. Karen has a specialist interest in survivorship issues and the optimisation of elderly patients' pre chemotherapy and works with our local geriatric oncology service to develop the service. Karen is co-chair of the Haematology Members Interest Group of UKONS, a member of Blood Cancer UK Nurses Advisory group and a committee member of the British Society of Haematology (BSH) Nurses Group.

Education and training: independent prescriber; MSc advanced practice, King's College London (2013); DipHe cancer nursing, King's College London (2005); registered general nurse, St James' Hospital, Dublin, Ireland (1999).

Specialist interests: lymphoma, survivorship, late effects of cancer treatment, end of treatment summaries.

Grace Milner

Grace Milner, clinical nurse specialist - leaukaemia and myeloma

Job title: Clinical nurse specialist – myeloma
Tel: 020 7188 2755, bleep 1246

Biography: Grace has worked at Guy's and St Thomas' since qualifying in 2004. She worked in Samaritan Ward where she worked her way up to deputy sister. She helped the lead teenager and young adult nurse set up a support group and service for 16-24 year olds and continues with this. Grace transferred to Hedley Atkins, general oncology where she shared her knowledge and skills in haematology and stem cell transplantation before moving to the haematology day unit where she gained experience in non malignant haematology, apheresis and out patient care. Grace is currently covering maternity leave as a nurse specialist in leukaemia and myeloma, working alongside the medical team coordinating patients in-patient and out-patient treatment and giving advice and support.

Specialist interests: teenagers and young adults (TYA) with cancer, myeloma.

Nicola Shepherd

Nicola Shepherd, clinical nurse specialist - leukaemia/lymphoma

Job title: clinical nurse specialist – leukaemialymphoma

Biography: Nicola has worked at Guy's and St Thomas' since qualifying in 2006. She initially worked on Samaritan Ward, caring for patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. Nicola then became deputy sister on the haematology day unit before taking on her current role as clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in leukaemia and lymphoma in 2012, providing specialist nursing practice, expert guidance and support to patients, families and colleagues, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Nicola supports patients and colleagues through local education meetings and has contributed to patient information booklets, writing educational material for Macmillan Cancer Support and Leukaemia Care.

Education and training: currently studying for an MSc in advanced cancer nursing, King's College London; graduate certificate in haemato-oncology, Kings' College London (2010); DipHE adult nursing, King's College London (2006); BSc sociology, Bath University (2002).

Specialist interests: acute leukaemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, lymphoma, stem cell transplant, late effects of chemotherapy and end of treatment care.

Laura Barr

Laura Barr, clinical nurse specialist - leukaemia

Job title: clinical nurse specialist – leukaemia

Biography: Laura has had an interest in haematology since she was a student at Guy's Hospital, caring for patients on the haematology day unit. Since then she has worked in a variety of settings caring for patients undergoing chemotherapy and stem cell transplants including her roles as deputy sister on both a transplant unit and cancer day unit. Laura is currently nurse specialist in leukaemia and myeloma, working alongside the medical team coordinating patient’s inpatient and outpatient treatment and giving advice and support.

Kelly Radford

Kelly Radford,clinical nurse specialist

Job title: clinical nurse specialist

Biography: Kelly has worked at Guy’s Hospital since 2007 as a day unit nurse, research nurse in both haematology and oncology and in her current role as a haematology clinical nurse specialist. Kelly runs the nurse-led anaemia service for pre-operative optimisation of anaemia which provides rapid access to patients awaiting surgery and promotes patient blood management, a national initiative. She provides a service to see patients who decline blood transfusions for pre-operative work-up and also runs the anaemia clinic for chronic anaemia patients who require regular intravenous iron. She is also a member of the hospital transfusion committee. Kelly provides specialist nursing support to patients with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) and participates in clinics for this condition alongside the lead ITP consultant.

Education and training: Bachelor of Nursing degree, qualification in physical examination. Kelly is training to be a non-medical authoriser of blood products and plans on obtaining her nurse prescribing qualification in the near future.

Specialist interests: pre-operative anaemia, chronic anaemia, optimisation of patients who refuse blood transfusions, preventative intravenous iron for patients with menorrhagia, immune thrombocytopenia.

Fayishade Adedugbe

Feyishade Adedugbe, clinical nurse specialist - haemoglobinopathies

Job title: clinical nurse specialist – haemoglobinopathies 
Tel: 020 7188 7188, bleep 2686

Biography: beginning her career in the clinical decision unit at Guys’ and Thomas’, Feyishade became interested in sickle cell disease and acted as the link nurse for the condition. Returning to Guy's Hospital as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) for heamaglobinopathies, Feyishade brings leadership and management experience gained at Imperial College NHS Trust where she was managing inpatients with complex conditions. Feyishade is currently in the final year of a Master’s degree in advanced practice: leadership and management in healthcare, focussing on the contribution of the CNS and how they improve patient outcomes for patients with sickle cell disease. Feyishade is a member of STANMAP (sickle cell and thalassaemia association of nurses, midwives and allied professionals).

Education and training: BSc adult nursing, Canterbury Christ Church University (2006-2009); MSc advanced practice: leadership and management in healthcare 2017-2019)

Specialist interests: managing adult sickle cell disease patients with complex needs; care of women with haemoglobinopathy in the obstetric setting.  

Dennis Paquiz

Dennis Paquiz, ward manager

Job title: ward manager – Samaritan Ward
Tel: 020 7188 8855 / 020 7188 7188, bleep 2772

Biography: Dennis started his career in the UK at the Royal Surrey Hospital, Surrey in 2002 having successfully applied for a post in the oncology unit. In 2005 he moved to Guy's and in 2008 was promoted to deputy ward manager. In 2009 he became ward manager of Samaritan Ward, a specialist haematology ward. Dennis gained further experience by undertaking both haematology and haematopoietic stem cell transplantation courses at King's College London.

Education and training: nursing degree, Far Eastern University, Philippines (1997); St Luke’s Medical Centre, Quezon City, Philippines (2000).

Specialist interests: stem cell transplantation.  

Denovan Hess

Job title: clinical nurse specialist – apheresis and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) 
Tel: 020 7188 2745 / 020 7188 2727 or 07882 299449, bleep 3039

Denovan qualified as nurse and midwife in Cape Town, South Africa in 1995 and started his haematology-oncology career in 2000 as a bone marrow and heamoglobinopathy nurse at King's College Hospital. He was appointed as thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and apheresis clincal nurse specialist at Guy's and St Thomas' in 2016. He has experience in apheresis and performs a number of cellular product collections. With a special interest in cellular collections he successfully completed haematopoietic stem cell transplantation courses at King's College University. Denovan is a lead on the haematology femoral line insertion in-house service. He is a member of the UK apheresis working party group and helps train apheresis staff internal and externally.

Specialist interests: apheresis service, caring for patients with TTP and haemoglobinopathy, ultrasound guided femoral line insertions.

Haidee Nicasio

Haidee Nicasio, clinical nurse specialist - haemoglobinopathies

Job title: clinical nurse specialist – haemoglobinopathies
Tel: 020 7188 7188, bleep 2686

Biography: Haidee worked as a matron in general medicine before becoming a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) for adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) and thalassaemia, joining Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in 2019. She completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree in the Philippines in 1994 and has since completed the advanced care in haemoglobinopathy course at King's College in 2018. In her current role, Haidee is responsible for providing care to patients with SCD in inpatient and outpatient settings. Haidee has a keen interest in managing sickle cell patients in acute crises and this also includes the provision of patient controlled analgesia (PCA) and emergency exchange blood transfusions (EBTs). Haidee regularly provides education for health care professionals both locally and across the clinical network on the management of adult patients with SCD. Haidee has helped develop a nurse-led clinic, is an active member of a national nursing organisation for specialist nurses working in sicle cell disease and thalassaemia (STANMAP) and is responsible for managing the organisation's social media profile.

Shola Shoyemi

Job title: advanced nurse practitioner haemoglobinopaties and lead nurse for adolescent transition

Biography: Shola fell in love with haematology nursing from her experience as a student nurse and has been working in haematology, caring for patients with haematological disease for the past 20 years. Shola started working as an advanced nurse practitioner at Guy's and St Thomas' in 2019 and works closely with our young sickle cell patients who are about to transition to the adult sickle cell service, making sure this process is a smooth transition.

Specialist interests: sickle cell disease, transition and education.

Susan Asirvatham

Susan Asivatham, clinical nurse specialist in myeloproliferative neoplasms

Job title: clinical nurse specialist – myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN)/SM

Biography: Susan has 20 years nursing experience, starting from a registered nurse to being a deputy sister in a haemato-oncology inpatient ward. She has looked after patients with different types of blood related malignant/non-malignant conditions. She administers chemotherapy and has managed patients pre, during and post chemotherapy.

Susan joined the myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) team as clinical nurse specialist in 2020. She has special interest in promoting a positive patient experience and helping patients to have a balance between life and their condition. In her current role, Susan works with a team of MPN consultants providing specialist nursing practice and expert guidance to patients, their families and colleagues. She practices within nurse-led clinics, consultants' clinics and inpatient/outpatients settings.

Education and training: BSc Hons Adult Nursing in India (2000), Administration/Management of Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy at King's College (2015), aiming to complete advanced patient assessment in the coming years.

Specialist interests: management of MPN, systemic mastocytosis, MPN support group, involvement in MPN voice.

Mark Antoniades

Mark Antoniades

Job title: clinical nurse specialist – plasma cell disorder/anaemia

Biography: Mark joined Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in 2018 and has gained experience in the field of haematology and oncology. He initially worked on Samaritan ward, managing patients under the care of the haematology and oncology directorate, where he was promoted to senior staff nurse. Mark successfully completed his UKONS chemotherapy training and received the Trust's Nightingale award in 2020. He joined the haematology clinical nurse specialist team in September 2020 as a deputy clinical nurse specialist for plasma cell disorders and anaemia. He practices within nurse-led clinics and consultant-led clinics in both inpatient and outpatients settings, where he helps in coordinating treatment and provides advice and support to patients and their families.

Specialist interests: haematological malignancies, myeloma, pre-operative anaemia, chronic anaemia.

Heidi Feasby

Job title: clinical nurse specialist – lymphoma

Biography: Heidi started working for Guy's and St Thomas' in 2015 and was enrolled in the Trust rotation programme where she worked in the cardiovascular, elderly medical ward, haematology ward and intensive care unit.

She joined the haematology team on Samaritan ward where she progressed to being a deputy sister. On Samaritan ward she cared for patients with different haematology malignancies and managed patients pre, during and post chemotherapy treatment.

Heidi joined the lymphoma team as a clinical nurse specialist in 2020 where she works alongside the medical team and provides specialist nursing advice and support to patients and their families, in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Education and training: BSc Hons in Adult Nursing, Canterbury Christ Church University (2015), Administration and Management of Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy, King's College London (2017).

Specialist interests: lymphoma, late effects of chemotherapy and end of treatment care.