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Meet the team


We employ two Specialist Palliative Medicine Consultants: Paul McNamara and Andrew Hughes, an Associate Specialist in Palliative Medicine: Owen Lever, and a Speciality Doctor: Petronela Dima.  Claud Regnard (a former Specialist Palliative Medicine Consultant at St Oswald’s) is now an Honorary Consultant.

Our consultants are supported by a team of Doctors, who work alongside our Nursing teams to provide day-to-day medical cover across all our services. The Medical Team are all involved in education and training of staff and students both internally and externally, including undergraduates, postgraduates, GP and specialty training.

Our Consultants are also involved in outreach sessions as part of the palliative care teams across the North East.

Paul McNamara - Specialist Palliative Medicine Consultant

Paul has worked as a Consultant at St Oswald’s since 1995. Prior to this he worked at St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley. Paul works very closely with Community Hospitals, GPs and Macmillan Nurses in the Northumberland area.

Andrew Hughes - Specialist Palliative Medicine Consultant

Andrew has been working as a Consultant at St Oswald’s since 1998. He is Quality Lead at the Northern Deanery - with a special interest in lymphoedema management.

Claud Regnard - Honorary Consultant

Claud joined St Oswald's in 1986 as our first Medical Director and has now retired (2015).

He is an Honorary Consultant for St Oswald’s Hospice, with particular interests in clinical decision making, symptom control, identifying distress in people with severe communication difficulties and creating accessible learning.

Kath Clark - Day Services Manager

Kath manages all of St Oswald’s Day Services, which includes the Day Hospice, Complementary Therapy, 'Focus on Living' (our programme of therapeutic activities) and our Lymphoedema Service.

She is a Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist and Lecturer at Northumbria University.

Val Forster - Inpatient Unit Manager

Val leads the nursing team on the Adult Inpatient Service, co-ordinating the multi-disciplinary team and managing our 15 bed unit.

Val joined St Oswald’s as a Staff Nurse over 20 years ago before becoming a Team Leader, then taking up the role of Inpatient Unit Manager in 2003.

Owen Lever - Associate Specialist in Palliative Medicine

Owen has worked at St Oswalds since 2008 having previously worked as a GP.

He is an Associate Specialist Doctor in palliative care with an interest in lymphoedema management and also works in the Children and Young Adults Unit.

Petronela Dima - Specialty Doctor

Petronela has been working as a Doctor at St Oswald’s since 2017. Prior to this, she worked at hospices in Romania and St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow. Petronela works in Children and Adult services at St Oswald’s, with a special interest in the development of the Children and Young Adult Service.

Jocelyn Thompson - Children and Young Adults Service Manager

Jocelyn Thompson is our Children and Young Adults Service Manager. Jocelyn heads our team of Nurses, therapists, care support workers and administrators.

Before undertaking her role at St Oswald’s in 2018, Jocelyn worked as a Community Matron at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.