Dr Richard Chavasse –Tertiary centres clinical lead for South Thames

Richard is a Consultant in Respiratory Paediatrics at St George’s University Hospital. His main interests are in Long Term Ventilation in Young People, Congenital Lung Lesions and Asthma. He trained at Southampton University and undertook paediatric respiratory training in Brighton, Kings and the Brompton in London and a fellowship in neonatology in Melbourne. He is passionate about ensuring fair access to services and joined up teamworking to facilitate better outcomes.

Dr Chavasse previously contributed to the BTS/SIGN national asthma guidelines, the London Asthma Leadership Group and is Acute Lead for CYP in South West London ICB.

Dr Seeam Sukhani- DGHs`Co-clinical lead for North Thames

Dr Seeam Sukhani works as a Consultant Paediatrician at Luton and Dunstable Hospital where she is the paediatric HDU lead. Her other interests include Respiratory medicine and Medical Education. She is currently Trust co-lead for Simulation. Until recently, she worked as an Honorary Consultant at GOSH delivering Complex Asthma clinics. She Joined as one of the co-leads for the respiratory and LTV for the NTPN last year.

 

Dr  Reshmy Nair- DGHs`Co-clinical lead for North Thames

I am a consultant Paediatrician with special interest in paediatric haematology and Oncology at North Middlesex University Hospital. My other interest being paediatric high decency care. Previously was a consultant paediatrician in Luton and Dunstable university hospital, where I was also joined for paediatric HUD. I joined as one of the co-leads for the respiratory and LTV team for the NTPN last year. My interest in LTV stems from my background of training in PICU and supporting HDU care in previous job role.

 Miriam Rosen-Cabib- Programme Manager

Miriam joined the programme in January 2024. Prior to this, she worked in South East London ICB where she played a key role in the development and delivery of the Children and Young People Transformation Programme aimed at reducing variation and optimising access to care across a number of areas and population groups. These include asthma, urgent and emergency care, integration of general paediatrics with primary care, and access to pre-paid prescriptions for care leavers in south east London. Miriam has previously worked as a senior Transformation Project Manager in the South Thames Paediatric Operational Delivery Network leading on the delivery of the Long Term Ventilation and Surgical programmes. She also brings operational management and international strategic consulting experience through her work at the Royal Marsden Hospital and at a leading paediatric hospital in Italy.

Miriam has a masters in International Health Management from Imperial College, a postgraduate certificate in Healthcare Leadership from the University of Birmingham, and completed the London School of Paediatrics’ Programme for Integrated Child Health in 2019.

Laura Koehli- Senior Project Manager 

Laura joins the network from her project management role the South East London Integrated Care System working on transformation of children and young people’s community health services working collaboratively with providers, clinicians and commissioners. Before that, she was in various project management roles in the Civil Service within Public Health England (now the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities) in their life course team and also has experience working at national breast cancer and heart disease charities specialising in policy, advocacy, public affairs, communications and patient involvement.

Emilie Maughan- Senior Project Manager 

Having qualified from the University of Nottingham with a Masters in Nursing Science Emilie found her passion for supporting CYP requiring LTV while working on the Respiratory ward in a Tertiary London Hospital in 2009. Since then, Emilie has cared for CYP that require LTV in hospital settings including Paediatric Critical Care and in their home setting as well as being an LTV CNS in 3 of the London LTV Teams.

A drive to improve services for CYP requiring LTV and their families led to her setting up and chairing regional clinical groups to lead on service improvement and networking including the PPLOG and PPLLTV Group. Prior to this role as the Senior Project Manager at the Pan Thames LTV Programme, Emilie continued to focus her work on service improvement at a more regional level as the Paediatric LTV Lead Nurse at the Thames Valley & Wessex Paediatric Critical Care ODN.

Emilie is thrilled to be part of the Pan Thames LTV Programme to be able to continue LTV transformation work, collaborating with services across London and beyond.

Selina Wong- LTV Skills Implementation Lead for North Thames

She has previous experience in District General Hospitals as a Paediatric HDU Charge Nurse where she became passionate about Long Term Ventilation (LTV) Care. This led to Selina taking a LTV Clinical Nurse Specialist Post in a London Tertiary Hospital where she was able to expand and develop her expertise in this specialism. Her CNS role covered a lot of areas some of which are: training parents/carers in LTV care, staff training, home visits, care package panel discussions and stepdown facilitation.

 
Since taking on her role within NTPN Selina has really enjoyed working with all the teams in the region who are involved in LTV care. She has remained driven in standardising LTV Education and collaborating with others to improve the service. Her main focus has been DGH LTV Education and she has been working on many LTV projects to help implement this education and troubleshoot identified areas for improvement. Selina has joined up with five other regions to scope practice and revise competencies.
Emma Whitcombe- LTV Skills Implementation Lead for South Thames

Emma is a paediatric nurse who specialises in Long Term Ventilation (LTV).  The early parts of Emma’s nursing career was working in General Medicine and HDU. This is where Emma gained a special interest in Long Term Ventilation (LTV), becoming Deputy Ward Sister for the newly opening LTV unit and then becoming the LTV Clinical Educator, completing her PG Certificate in Clinical Education. Emma joined the STPN team in June 2022.

Emma Lear- Welfare Advisor

 Emma Lear works as a Welfare Advisor within the Pan Thames Paediatric Long-Term Ventilation Programme, and assists health and social care professionals who support families of children on long-term ventilation, with the management of non-clinical issues. This can include advice and support regarding exploring financial options such as maximising household income, obtaining charitable support for items that the family may require, and with navigating housing solutions. Emma’s work also involves the production of content such as factsheets, guides and education, to increase welfare knowledge amongst NHS staff, to enable them to support their patients with welfare related issues, which can contribute to delayed discharge from hospital, or unexpected hospital readmissions.

Emma studied Philosophy at University, and during this time, her interest in social policy led her to volunteer at the Royal Court of Justice Advice Bureau and Islington Citizens Advice. As part of this voluntary role, Emma worked in an outreach advice project at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court. It was here that Emma saw the value of advice workers becoming specialists, not just in areas of advice such as ‘housing’ or ‘benefits’, but in specialising in and working with specific client groups. Following this, Emma moved on to focus on providing advice to older people and adults with complex care needs at Age UK & Westminster City Council, before joining the NHS in 2016 to support health and social care professionals to best support their patients.