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Meet the team

Find out about our Registry Staff

The Polyposis Registry nursing and administrative team. Front row from left to right: Menna Hawkins (nurse specialist), Vicky Cuthill (nurse manager), Denise Coleman (administrator). Second row from left to right: Jeshu Chauhan (nurse practitioner), Jackie Sheth (administrative assistant), Jackie Hawkins (paediatric nurse practitioner), Patricia McGinty (nurse specialist), Janet Paul (senior administrator)

    Profiles

  • Professor Sue Clark

    Consultant Colorectal Surgeon & Director of the Polyposis Registry

    Sue Clark trained in medicine at Cambridge University and St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in London. She spent two years in full time research at St Mark’s Hospital with an Imperial Cancer Research Fund Fellowship. She was based in the Polyposis Registry and worked on various clinical aspects of desmoid disease in Familial Adenomatous Polyposis as well as studying the genetic changes within these rare tumours.

    She spent three years as a consultant at the Royal London Hospital before returning to St Mark’s. During this time Sue set up a Family Cancer Clinic to provide services for inherited or potentially inherited colorectal cancer in the North East London Cancer Network.

  • Dr Andrew Latchford

    Consultant Gastroenterologist and Assistant Director of the Polyposis Registry

    Andrew Latchford is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at St Mark’s Hospital and Assistant director of the Polyposis Registry with a specialist interest in upper GI endoscopy.

    Andrew Latchford’s research interests include the study of desmoid disease and duodenal cancer in patients with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP).

  • Vicky Cuthill

    Lead Nurse/Manager of the Polyposis Registry

    Vicky obtained her BSc(Hons) Nursing Studies from King’s College, London before specialising in intensive care nursing and then transferring into the field of Coloproctology. Initially she worked at The Royal London Hospital, gaining experience in benign colorectal conditions and undertaking ano-rectal physiology and biofeedback. She then moved to The Homerton Hospital as the Colorectal Cancer nurse specialist prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner in The Polyposis Registry.

    Vicky was appointed as Lead Nurse/Manager of The Polyposis Registry following Kay Neale’s retirement in November 2016. As a nurse practitioner, Vicky has undertaken various training (e.g. physical assessment and independant prescribing) to be able to carry out extended roles. She now divides her time between her work as a nurse practitioner, running nurse-led clinics, both in outpatients and over the telephone and Registry management.

     

  • Jeshu Chauhan

    Polyposis Nurse Practitioner

    Jeshu has been qualified for almost 25 years. She started her career as a part-time community nurse, whilst bringing up her two young children. She remained in district nursing for 14 years, working with patients with a range of conditions including diabetes, leg ulcers and those requiring palliative care.

    Embarking on a new challenge, Jeshu moved to the “Starrs” team at Northwick Park Hospital.  Here her skills as a Rapid Response Nurse were enhanced by working with GPs in the community and caring for very ill patients at home, thereby preventing hospital admission. In this role she also facilitated timely discharge and provided homecare for patients that would otherwise have had protracted hospital stays.

    Jeshu joined The Polyposis Registry in March 2015 where she continues to enjoy working with patients and their families. She enjoys being an integral member of The Registry, dividing her time between her autonomous outpatient and telephone clinics, visiting patients on the ward and her office administrative work.

     

  • Jackie Hawkins

    Paediatric Polyposis Nurse Practitioner

    Jackie Hawkins is a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner specialising in caring for children in families with a polyposis syndrome. She qualified as a Children’s Nurse in 1991 and has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London where she achieved a BSc in Child Health and her interest in paediatric gastroenterology began. Jackie has also worked in general paediatrics where she managed the general paediatric ward and Day care unit at Northwick Park Hospital before returning to gastroenterology as a research nurse for an International study based in the Polyposis Registry.

    Since April 2014 Jackie has been working as the paediatric nurse developing the service and looking after children and ‘young adults’ with polyposis syndromes. Jackie sees children with their parents before their surveillance procedures to assess and fully prepare them and sees children and their families in her own clinics and also visits them on the wards, following procedures and surgery. She is currently undertaking an MSc in the Advanced Children’s Nurse Practitioner programme.

     

  • Patricia McGinty

    Polyposis Nurse Specialist

    Patricia started working at Northwick Park Hospital in 1974 where she also completed her nurse training. She has worked for the Trust ever since, working on the acute medical wards until 2012 when she started her post as a Nurse Specialist in the Polyposis Registry.

    Patricia’s main role is to meet newly referred patients, alongside either Professor Clark or Dr Latchford and obtain a full family history, identifying ‘at risk’ relatives. Part of her role involves genetic counselling and genetic blood sample requests as well as management of these results. Patricia will identify ‘at risk’ relatives from the family histories she has taken and if appropriate will write to relatives to warn them of their risk, helping to prevent them from developing bowel cancer.

  • Menna Hawkins

    Polyposis nurse specialist

    Prior to training as a nurse, Menna worked in various administrative roles including PA to the Dean of Business in Melbourne’s RMIT University, Australia. Having decided on a career change, she studied her post graduate diploma in adult nursing in Southampton University, qualifying with distinction in February 2016.

    In her first 12 months, Menna worked on a specialist surgical gastroenterology ward in Bristol before deciding to relocate back to London and gain more specialist experience at St Mark’s. She now works alongside Patricia, identifying ‘at risk’ relatives through family history taking and performing genetic counselling and blood testing.

  • Janet Paul

    Lead Adminstrator

    Janet has worked in a number of senior PA/administrative roles in both the private sector and for the NHS before joining the Polyposis Registry.  She initially trained as a secretary at the Ministry of Defence Secretarial Training School. Her NHS roles have included Medical Secretary to three Paediatric Consultants, a Gastroenterologist, two Colorectal surgeons and Administrator to the Stoma Care Department. She also was an integral member of the Burdett Nursing Institute, working as the senior administrator there for 5 years.  All of these roles have provided invaluable knowledge and experience, all of which assist her in her current role in helping to provide an excellent service to our Polyposis patients.

    As Lead Administrator, Janet is responsible for the day to day running of the Registry as well as supervising the other two members of the Administration team. She oversees equipment maintenance, supplies, provides key numeric data for official Registry meetings, books New and Follow-up appointments ensuring they correlate to endoscopy appointments and runs numerous searches on the Registry database to ensure patients are regularly screened.

  • Denise Coleman

    Adminstrator

    Denise was first employed by the NHS at Ipswich Hospital in Suffolk.  She worked as an Admissions Administrator for several years before relocating to St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow.

    Starting as a clinic clerk in the Outpatients Department in 1998, she went on to become Supervisor for the last 8 years before joining the Polyposis Team in 2013. Her current role is an integral part of the Polyposis Registry.  Working with the administrative team alongside Consultants and Nurses to ensure the best care is offered to our patients and their families.

  • Jackie Sheth

    Administrative Support Clerk

    Jackie has been working in the Registry for two years and was a volunteer at St Mark’s, in cancer services, before taking on this role.  Prior to working in the NHS, Jackie worked in a care home as a healthcare assistant and as a manager in a catering company.

    Her previous roles have provided excellent experience for her current administrative work, which involves speaking to patients over the telephone, assisting Patricia with drawing family trees with specially designed software and assisting Janet with the administrative tasks of the day to day running of the office.

     

  • Ripple Man

    Polyposis Nurse Endoscopist

    Ripple is a Nurse Endoscopist, performing diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. A substantial proportion of her patients have polyposis syndromes, and she has developed great experience and skill in this field.

  • Dr Warren Hyer

    Consultant Paediatrician and Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist

    Warren Hyer is the Paediatric and Adolescent Gastroenterologist at St Mark’s Hospital with clinics in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease and paediatric nutrition and allergy. He has published widely on polyposis syndromes in children and is the lead clinician for the UK paediatric polyposis service.

  • Mr Omar Faiz

    Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

    Omar Faiz is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon with particular expertise in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.