Meet The Team

LWABC team

L-R:  Debbie Ashforth, Helen Wrench, Emily Sidebottom

Debbie Ashforth – Macmillan Transformation Programme Lead

Debbie began working in the NHS in 1997 as a Medical PA at Manchester Royal Infirmary and then The Royal Oldham Hospital.  Debbie pursued further studying to be able to move into NHS management, achieving a 2.1 BA Hons. in Business Management and securing her first management position in 2005 at Oldham CCG.  Debbie has gained her PRINCE2 qualification and has worked in various operational and project management roles in the NHS, including Bury CCG as a Primary Care Centre Manager.  Debbie has since achieved a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership from the NHS Leadership Academy.

Debbie is currently on secondment from Tameside and Glossop CCG where she has worked in commissioning and service redesign/transformation for several years on a number of long term conditions projects.

Debbie is thrilled to be back at the Trust and says, “I am very passionate about improving health care services and feel privileged to be in this exciting role to drive this innovative agenda forward by working with healthcare professionals across primary, secondary and tertiary care and people affected by cancer. I have an excellent project team and feel very positive about the developments already underway within the cancer teams who have made us feel very welcome and have engaged with us fully from the start.”

Helen Wrench  – Macmillan Quality Improvement Clinical Facilitator

Joining the Macmillan LWABC Project Team in November 2016, Helen brings a wealth of experience to her new role as Macmillan Quality Improvement Facilitator.  Helen qualified as a Nurse in 1988, originally working within Oldham and North Manchester General Hospital sites.  Having a desire to work in the colorectal field, many will remember her for her passion within the delivery of specialist stoma care nursing where she and the team delivered high quality services across a secondary and primary care setting.

In 2008, Helen left PAHT, to join Oldham primary care, where she led the merger of continence/ stomacare services and pathway redesign to address patients suffering bladder and bowel problems.

Following Pennine Care Foundation Trust’s successful acquisition of community services, opportunities arose for her to work within a senior management role. Supporting transformation, driving community services,   Helen project managed a range of innovations working with primary care supporting GPs and practice managers in the transfer of continence and stoma prescribing responsibilities to specialist / community nursing.

In addition, Helen believes that recent and relevant strategic managerial experience of  Specialist Palliative Care, Macmillan 1-1 Support Service and Tissue Viability/ Lymphoedema Services will go some way to enhance her role within the Macmillan LWABC Project Team.

Returning to PAHT, Helen is excited about this fantastic opportunity and is looking forward to working alongside oncology teams; both new and old colleagues. As part of the project team, utilising a collaborative approach with our partners, Helen says, “together we can all make a difference to improve the quality and effectiveness of care and support to those living with and beyond cancer.”

Emily Sidebottom – Macmillan User Involvement Coordinator

Emily graduated from Durham University with a 2:1 BSc Hons. in 2015 and proceeded to undertake further study at the University of Manchester, obtaining her MSc in Forensic Psychology and Mental Health in 2016. She has a variety of both voluntary and paid experience providing 121 support to others; which includes work as a support worker, early intervention practitioner, and a phone line support volunteer whilst at University. During her time at Durham University Emily also co-ran a welfare support service, providing support for over 800 students with regular drop-ins, phone support and various awareness raising campaigns. It is within this role that Emily gained some of her first experiences of facilitating user involvement and she was able to later build upon these experiences during her time as a student representative at the University of Manchester.

Throughout her work Emily has employed a person-centred approach, taking into account the views and opinions of others to help tailor her work to individual needs. It is through her array of experience and academic studies that she has seen and understood the importance of this service user involvement and this is now something that she feels passionately about. When speaking about her role within the LWABC project she says “I believe that it is the users themselves who are best placed to direct us in ensuring that the care and support offered to those affected by cancer makes a positive and long-lasting difference. I am therefore dedicated to building upon the current user involvement work to ensure that all users are given the opportunity to have their voice heard.”

Emily joined the LWABC project team in January 2017 and a key part of her role is to support the Pennine Acute Macmillan Patient Engagement Representatives (PAMPER) group.