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MCN Clinical Steering Group

The MCN Clinical Steering Group members are:

  • David Vickers (Chair), EACH Medical Director and Consultant Paediatrician, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
  • Pat Sartori, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative & Supportive Care, Addenbrookes Hospital
  • Linda Maynard, Nurse Consultant Children's Palliative Care Nurse, EACH
  • Richard Brown, Consultant Paediatrician, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Charlotte Downing, Paediatric Nursing Lead, Suffolk Community Healthcare
  • Sarah Barnes, Assistant Director for Specialist Children’s Services Provide
  • Katherine Piccinelli, Consultant Paediatrician, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jenny Fryer, Assistant Director of Community Services Norfolk
  • Barbara Piel, Consultant Paediatrician, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn
  • Sian Hooban, Service Manager for Community Children’s Nursing Services, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
  • Roddy O’Donnel, Consultant PICU Addenbrookes Hospital
  • Florence Watson, Consultant Neonatologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Jane Haley, SCN Manager – Maternity New-born Children and Young People (MNC&YP) NHS England (East of England)
  • Deepa Krishnakumar. Paediatric Neurology Consultant, Addenbrookes Hospital
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB


Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH