Meet our research team
Director of Strategy and Development
Simon joined our Hospice Management Team as Director of Strategy and Development in 2016. Simon’s role focusses largely on the development of St Oswald’s 10 year ‘Vision’ strategy, with a special emphasis on collaboration, research and education.
He is also the joint project lead for the Northern Palliative Care Partnership and Vice Chair of the Northern Palliative Care Research Group.
Simon has a successful history of service delivery and development across complex health care organisations spanning three decades. He was previously Chief Executive of a visual impairment charity, Director of a healthcare consultancy and a Senior Project Manager of a national healthcare charity.
Research Centre Manager
Amanda Lee initially started with St Oswald’s Hospice in January 2020 as a volunteer, and has been in post as Research Centre Manager since August 2020. She describes her role as ‘behind the scenes’, ensuring that research is undertaken safely (from a patient perspective), and robustly in terms of the data collated and processes undertaken.
Previous to her role at St Oswald’s Hospice, Amanda worked at the Clinical Research Network Yorkshire and Humber (CRN) as their Chief Operating Officer. During her time with the CRN, she restructured the senior management team within the local network, as well as further developed the relationships with its key partner organisations across the region, of which there are 21 NHS trusts, 21 CCGs as well as several hundred GP practices and other non-NHS organisations. Prior to that, Amanda established the Newcastle Joint Research Office (NJRO), which supported all the research undertaken within the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University.
Amanda specialises in formalising partnerships with other organisations and has an extensive track record of developing commercial partnerships. In previous roles, Amanda has developed organisations level research partnerships with global pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, GSK, Quintiles and IQVIA.
Dr Felicity Dewhurst
Honorary Consultant and Academic Clinical Lecturer
Felicity Dewhurst is an Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine at St Oswald’s Hospice and an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University.
Felicity’s research interests include promoting equity in palliative care particularly in relation to frailty, multimorbidity, non-malignant disease and ethnic minority groups. She is passionate about trying to improve care through education and service modification.
Her postgraduate qualifications include an original research MD and a Masters’ in Health Professions Education. She has received research grants from NIHR, the Dunhill Foundation and the Royal College of Physicians, and research prizes from both Marie Curie and the British Geriatric Society. Felicity has previously been a Co-Chair of North East Palliative Registrars Research Alliance (NEPRRA) and is now a supporting consultant.
Dr Christine English
Member of Board of Trustees
Dr Christine English is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees with a special interest in research. Christine is currently an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her main research interests are child and family perspectives on care and quality improvement in care.
As a leader and innovator in the field of children, young people and family nursing, she has held senior positions across the North East within clinical practice, education and research. Her last full time role was as Subject Head, Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Northumbria University. Previous roles have included: Director of Student Engagement/Experience; Faculty Director of Outreach/ Widening Participation; Programme Director; Senior Matron (Child and Teenage Oncology Service); Ward Sister, Staff Nurse.
Christine continues to publish, network and collaborate within children, young people and family nursing. She has a keen interest in improving care through research and education and is co-author of Paediatric musculoskeletal matters, a website for nurses which has been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing.
She is also a founder and Executive Committee member of the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA UK & Ireland Chapter). IFNA is a global network of nurses who promote family nursing through research, education and practice. Christine is currently taking a lead role in growing the chapter's membership.