Who we are

Meet the team who lead the South Tees Palliative and End of Life Care Academy.

Colette Hawkins

Colette has worked as a consultant in palliative medicine in Northeast England for 16 years. Her work is motivated by:

• Understanding better the experience of people who may be towards end-of-life

• Respecting and empowering people who are ill as equal partners in their care

• Using shared learning as a route to deliver personalised care by a competent, compassionate, and connected workforce

• Challenging inequalities and injustice

She has been building skills and confidence in workforce development for many years and has considerable experience in creative approaches to learning. She leads the Routes to Rights research programme.

Chris Ward

Chris is a registered nurse with 42 years in nursing. She has worked in specialist palliative care team in North Yorkshire and South Tees for 31 years.

She started out in specialist palliative care in 1990 as the first Macmillan nurse in the Friarage Hospital. The service expanded into the community in 1992.

Chris was successful in taking up post in 2002 as nurse consultant for adult palliative care which involved providing expert clinical practice, consultancy, education and research.

Some of the highlights of Chris’s career include redesigning the fast track service for end of life care.

In 2012 she was awarded a ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ from Macmillan Cancer Support and International Journal of Palliative Nursing.

Chris retired from her nurse consultant role in March 2021 and now enjoys working part time as a clinical educator for palliative care in South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and also for North Yorkshire Hospice working on the redevelopment of the Lambert Hospital into a hospice.

Hannah Edge

A qualified pharmacist for seven years, Hannah has experience in a variety of inpatient settings; ITU, gastroenterology, older peoples medicine and acute medicine.

Hannah's passion lies in making a difference to patients and their families when they need it the most.

Having gained experience in palliative care services in two other trusts in the region, Hannah took the opportunity to undertake a new role in South Tees Hospitals as a specialist palliative care pharmacist.

Prior to this, Hannah was the lead pharmacist for acute and urgent care.