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clinical expertise

Rebecca has 30 year experience of working across adult and children’s health provider services, specialising in palliative and End of Life (EOL) care and working with service users with complex needs or Long Term Conditions (LTC’s). She is a Registered Nurse (RN); Children's Nurse (RSCN) and District Nurse and has managed a regional hospice service. She offers expert palliative care advice and support across all sectors including health, local authority, independent and voluntary. Rebecca promotes the use of coaching support and person centred planning to help those of all ages with long term conditions or life threatening illness to take responsibility, make decisions and manage their own care effectively. Becca can help teams and individuals understand how grief affects us all, how to develop resilience and gain skills to help manage complex or challenging conversations.

past work

  • National trainer for Together for Short Lives (Association of Palliative Care) with the ‘Train to Care’ programme and Transition Coordinator facilitating use of the Transition Care Pathway to promote robust transition practices for disabled/ life limited young people moving into adult life and services.

  • Practitioner Health Lecturer (PHL) in Children’s Palliative Care, The University of Nottingham, delivered degree module at level 3 and 4.

  • Project management of an East Midlands children’s palliative care data mapping initiative.

  • Audit and development of an East Midlands Directory of Palliative Care Education and Training Resources on behalf of East Midlands Children and Young People’s Palliative Care Network​

  • Work across Nottinghamshire to support development of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families, incorporating Person Centred Thinking approaches.

  • Work with The Brain Tumour Charity delivering training on Courageous Conversations, Understanding Grief, Advance Care Planning (ACP), Leadership and Resilience.

current work

  • ​Clinical Associate for Gold Standards Framework (GSF) delivering Palliative or ‘last years of life’ training programmes in hospitals, care homes, community services; Also providing coaching support to services and supporting GSF accreditation process. 

  • Supporting workforce and leadership development for large primary care providers including Modality and OneMedical Group. 

  • Specialist Adviser for CQC (SpA) as a nurse and palliative care expert, working across all healthcare sectors. 

  • Regulation 44 independent visitor to childrens' homes. 

  • Delivery of primary care leadership programmes for national and local leadership academies (NHSEI & Midlands)

  • Research work with the University of Birmingham considering the value of person centred planning, based on my recent publication:

    • 'Integrated Person Centred-Planning ​for Children, Young People and Families Receiving Palliative Care: Guidance and Toolkit', R. Riley et al. in Follow the Child  by S. Langton-Gilks (London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018). 

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