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Service Teams

For more detailed information on our individual service team staff that you may meet whilst at the Trust please select the service group below by filtering by the service category, or alternatively, please type in the name of the person you are looking for in the search box.

For further information on the team and the services they provide, please visit our Our Services section.

PortraitName, Job TitleProfessional Profile
no image available Joshi George (Mr) Consultant Neurosurgeon

Mr George did his medical schooling in India and then trained in Trauma in Belfast. He subsequently did research on Spinal Cord Injury and was awarded a MD from the University of London for this work. His neurosurgical training was in the West Midlands. He subsequently worked in North America and was awarded a fellowship in Spine Surgery from the University of Toronto. He has also been awarded the European Diploma in Neurosurgery.

He joined Salford Royal as a Consultant Neurosurgeon in 2012. He has an interest in academic Neurosurgery and teaches at Manchester University in addition to regularly publishing in peer reviewed journals and presenting at international conferences. He has served on the national selection committee for neurosurgery. Currently, he is the Clinical Governance Lead for Neurosurgery.

His special interests include:

  • Spinal Surgery including tumour surgery

  • Minimally invasive Spine Surgery

no image available K Gnanalingham (Mr) Consultant Neurosurgeon

After studying Medicine in Manchester, Mr Gnanalingham completed his Neurosurgical training in London. This included fellowships in Complex spinal surgery, Pituitary and Skull base surgery, at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He learned minimally invasive techniques at several centres in the UK and US and was appointed as a Consultant in 2005 at the Greater Manchester Neuroscience Centre at Salford Royal.


His sub-speciality interests include pituitary, anterior skull base and complex spinal surgery, utilising minimally invasive techniques, notably endoscopy. He is the lead consultant for Pituitary surgery in Manchester and also offers an international fellowship in minimally invasive surgery. In recognition of his expertise, he is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings and regularly conducts workshops for spinal and pituitary disorders. Salford Royal is a national and international Visitation centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery, with frequent visits from surgeons wishing to learn such ‘key hole’ surgical techniques.


Mr Gnanalingham has a strong interest in clinical and basic science research in Neuroscience, qualified to a doctorate level, with over 70 publications and international presentations. He is also an Honorary lecturer at the University of Manchester and Salford, a  member of the Society of British Neurosurgeons, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

no image available K Karabatsou (Ms) Consultant Neurosurgeon

Ms Karabatsou graduated from Medical School, University of Athens, Greece in October 1990. She gained further training at various posts in Canada and the UK before being appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Salford Royal in 2007.


Miss Karabatsou has a strong interest in clinical research in Neuroscience, in particular Neurooncology. Co-investigator and collaborator on a number of projects involving diagnosis and management of patients with low and high grade gliomas.  She has a number of publications and international presentations. 

no image available S A Rutherford (Mr) Consultant Neurosurgeon

Mr Rutherford was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Salford Royal in 2006. His undergraduate medical training was at the University of Cape Town, followed by basic surgical training in Leeds and neurosurgical training in Leeds and Manchester. He completed a specialist fellowship in skull base surgery, and this is now his subspecialty interest, as well as continuing a broad general neurosurgical practice.


Mr Rutherford is involved in clinical research in skull base surgery and Neurofibromatosis Type 2, and this has resulted in numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has also presented research findings widely at national and international conferences. He co-supervises the longest standing skull base fellowship in the UK which has attracted fellows from across the world.

no image available V A Josan (Mr) Consultant Neurosurgeon

Mr Josan completed his higher surgical training in neurosurgery in Birmingham, including fellowships in Paediatric and Epilepsy surgery in Melbourne, Australia.


He took up the Consultant Neurosurgeon post at Salford Royal and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in Manchester in 2007.


In addition to his clinical commitments, Mr Josan is actively involved in teaching and research to fellow healthcare professionals where he was written several publications.


no image available J A Thorne (Mr)                                   Consultant Neurosurgeon & Clinical Lead for Neurosurgery

Mr Thorne was appointed as a consultant at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Salford Royal in February 2001. He gained fellowship in Paediatric Neurosurgery at Hopital Necker / Enfants Malades in Paris in 2000.  His special interests include:

  • Paediatric Neurosurgery

  • Hydrocephalus

Helen Young Helen Young (Dr) Senior Lecturer in Dermatology and Honorary Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Young received her MB, ChB and PhD degrees from The University of Manchester. She trained in dermatology on the North West Regional Dermatology Training Scheme (Manchester) and at Harvard Medical School where she was a Research Fellow in Dermatology at the Cutaneous Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA. 


She is a fully trained and accredited Consultant Dermatologist with 4 years of post graduate medical training prior to specialisation in dermatology.  Her Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funded Clinical Senior Lectureship was awarded in September 2008 and she is the first Dermatologist to have received this award.

Dr Young is one of the Consultant Dermatologists who lead the Manchester Psoriasis Service – a multidisciplinary clinic for patients with severe psoriasis – which was awarded Hospital Doctor Dermatology Team of the Year Award in 2002.


Her research interests include cutaneous angiogenesis and psoriasis, and her research has received many awards at national and international meetings.  She is a member of the British Society for Investigative Dermatology committee.  She is also the Programme Director of the Masters in research in Medical Science course at The University of Manchester.

John Lear John Lear (Dr) Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Lear’s general medical training was at Leicester Medical School completing his dermatological training at the Midlands and South West before taking up his present Consultant Dermatologist post at Salford Royal in 2000.


His main interest is skin cancer: in particular basal cell carcinoma, Gorlins syndrome and immunosuppressed patients, such as transplant patients. He also sees all patients with aspects of general dermatology problems. Dr Lear has an interest in the surgical and non-surgical management of skin cancer, such as photodynamic therapy.


Dr Lear has over 100 research publications in the area of skin cancer, in particular the epidemiology, genetics, diagnosis and therapy of basal cell carcinoma, Gorlins syndrome and transplant related skin cancer. More recently his research has concentrated on new therapies for skin cancer, including photodynamic therapy and molecules targeting the pathway involved in basal cell carcinoma development.


Dr Lear lives in South Manchester and enjoys tennis, walking, skiing, football, theatre, and going to the cinema in his spare time.

dr ghura Vindy Ghura (Dr) Consultant Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon

Dr Ghura trained at Newcastle Medical School before specialising in Dermatology at Leicester. He further developed his specialist interest in skin cancer and facial skin surgery in Cardiff and then Lisbon. Dr Ghura is one of around 40 Mohs surgeons in the UK. Mohs' surgery is a specialist technique for removing difficult “non-melanoma” skin cancers (basal cell carcinomas or rodent ulcers).


Dr Ghura set up the Mohs' skin cancer service in Sheffield winning the Hospital’s Service development of the year award. He examines for the Royal College of Physicians and Cardiff University’s GP-Dermatology Diploma course. He teaches on many courses including the British Society for Dermatological Surgery (BSDS) annual skin surgery course and is also an executive committee member of the BSDS. 


Dr Ghura has research interests in skin cancer, surgery and medical education and has presented and published in all of these areas.


Dr Ghura lives in Cheshire and his hobbies include badminton, art and swimming.

Vishal Madan Vishal Madan (Dr) Consultant Dermatologist, Laser and Dermatological Surgeon

Dr Madan trained in Medicine and Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy in India. He then worked on the Cambridge medical rotation, following which he trained in Dermatology at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.


He has completed two fellowships - one in Laser Dermatology at Salford Royal NHS Foundation trust in 2008 and another in Mohs micrographic and reconstructive surgery at the Welsh Institute of Dermatology, Cardiff in 2010. He is a member of the executive committee of the British Medical Laser Association. 


Dr Madan is an invited reviewer for nine international journals and had published many articles, book chapters and a bookon specialty examination in Dermatology.


He is also involved in research into the use of lasers in dermatology, skin cancer surgery including Mohs surgery, and hair restoration.


Alistair Teager Alistair Teager (Dr) Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr Alistair Teager gained his Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) degree in Psychology at the University of Liverpool before moving on to the University of Edinburgh to complete a Masters Degree (MSc) in Performance Psychology. From here, he moved to work as an Assistant Psychologist in the Russell Cairns Unit in Oxford and went on to complete his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD) at the University of Manchester. Following the completion of his training, Dr Teager worked as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Trafford Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team before moving to work alongside the Video Telemetry Team here at Salford Royal. Dr Teager now works both as a member of the Department of Neuropsychology and as part of the Trauma Assessment Unit, which specialises in providing acute neurorehabilitation to patients who have suffered significant injuries Dr Teager's research includes work with Professor Adrian Wells on metacognitive therapy for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He also lectures at Manchester, Liverpool, and Manchester Metropolitan Universities.
Amanda Lurie Amanda Lurie Clinical Lead, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Amanda completed her clinical training at the University of Glasgow. She also has a Masters specialising in communication disordered children. Amanda has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital specialising in eating disorders and child oncology. Following her time at Great Ormond Street Amanda worked at Charing Cross Hospital as part of the Psychological Medicine Team, working in eating disorders, sexual medicine and general medicine.


Amanda is the Clinical Lead for the Clinical Health Psychology Department at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and has been involved with its development since joining the service in 1994. She currently specialises in Intensive Care. Amanda is a member of the Guideline Development Group who co- developed the NICE guidelines for Rehabilitation after critical illness (March 2009).


Amanda is also a Clinical Supervisor and honorary lecturer at the University of Manchester. She provides input on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) programme at the university.

Caroline Malone Caroline Malone (Dr) Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr Malone gained her Doctorate in Clinical Psycholoy (DClinPsy) at the University of Liverpool in 2005.She gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology (PGDip) at the University of Nottingham. She gained qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) in 2012 as a post-doctoral specialist qualification which is awarded by the Division of Neuropsychology (British Psychological Society) that identifies expertise in field of neuropsychology. Dr Malone is appointed as lead clinician for neuropsychology services to Traumatic Brain Injury services. Dr Malone has a number of publications in peer reviewed journals and regularly supervises doctoral level trainees.
Edward Caldow Edward Caldow (Mr) Exercise Physiologist

I attended the University of Leeds and graduated with a BSc Degree in Sports Science and Physiology.  I am also a certified Clinical Exercise Specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine.


I chose to work in Cardiovascular Rehab because I like supporting patients to return to work, to get back to their hobbies or sports, or to improve their ability to do their day to day activities.  My main achievement in my career so far is working with the Bermuda Heart Foundation to improve their rehabilitation service. This involved providing education to both staff and patients in exercise and activity for cardiac health.


My interests are:

Jacki Bambrough Jacki Bambrough (Dr) Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr Bambrough gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology (PGDip) at the University of Glasgow (Distinction). She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) and Masters (MSc) in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. She gained her post doctoral Specialist Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) in 2008. This qualification is awarded by the Division of Neuropsychology (British Psychological Society) and identifies expertise in the field of neuropsychology. Dr Bambrough is the neuropsychology lead clinician for neurosurgery and has specialist interests in neurooncology and awake craniotomy. In collaboration with neuroscience colleagues, Dr Bambrough has developed the use of pre-operative Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and intra-operative language assessment for patients with brain tumours who at risk of deficits in language and / or movement following neurosurgery. She received the British Psychological Society, Division of Neuropsychology Early Career Award for this work. In 2010 she was awarded an Innovate Now Bursary Award to support the development of functional neuroimaging at the Neuroscience centre. She regularly supervises doctoral clinical psychology projects and is involved in collaborative research with neuroscience colleagues and Manchester University. Dr Bambrough’s research interests include; adjustment to living with brain tumour, management of low grade gliomas, patient experience of awake craniotomy and surgical outcomes using functional mapping approaches to neurosurgery.
Lorraine King, Neuro Psychology Lorraine King (Dr) Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr King gained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2005 from the University of Leeds. She is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Associate fellow with the British Psychological Society, a practitioner full member of the Division of Neuropsychology, and is entered on the Specialist Register of Neuropsychologists. In 2010 she gained a diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Nottingham (distinction) and in 2011, was awarded the Division of Neuropsychology post-doctoral Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (distinction), which identifies expertise in Neuropsychology. Since qualification, Dr King has worked within inpatient and community NHS neurorehabilitation settings and completed several research projects in this area. She is currently employed within the Trafford Community Neuro Rehabilitation team offering multi-disciplinary and neuropsychological assessments, and therapeutic, behavioural and cognitive interventions to people with acquired brain injury or other neurological conditions and their families. Dr King has published research papers surrounding Clinical Psychology training, patient information and staff support in neurorehabilitation settings, and is currently working on an evaluation of a psychological skills therapy group for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr King sits on the committee of the North West Neuropsychology Special Interest Group, regularly lectures at the University of Manchester, and offers placements for Clinical Psychology trainees.
Natalie Hampson Natalie Hampson (Dr) Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr Hampson gained her Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) in Psychology at Lancaster University and a Master of Research (MRes) in Psychology from the University of Manchester. She then went on to complete a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol) at the University of Leeds. Prior to qualification Dr Hampson also worked as an Assistant Psychologist and Research Assistant, winning the award for Best New Investigator at the International Society of Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 8th Annual European Conference. Dr Hampson has been working as the Neuropsychologist within the Salford Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team since 2009, and has a particular interest in the long term management of, and adjustment to, brain injuries and neurological conditions.
Russell Sheldrick Russell Sheldrick (Dr) Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Joint Head of Department Dr Sheldrick completed his postgraduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2002. He was awarded a post-graduate diploma with merit in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2005. Prior to becoming a Clinical Neuropsychologist, Dr Sheldrick had a career in Health Services Management. He is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Practioner Full Member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology. Dr Sheldrick is also registered with the Health Professions Council. He regularly supervises Clinical Psychology trainees who wish to gain experience in the field of neurorehabilitation. He regularly lectures at Manchester Univeristy , Manchester Metropolitan University and Lancaster University. He is a member of the Greater Manchester Neurosciences Network Board where he represents Clinical Neuropsychologists in Greater Manchester. Dr Sheldrick's doctoral research examined post traumatic stress disorder in people who have suffered subarachnoid haemorrhages and myocardial infarction. He continues to supervise doctoral research trainees and is currently involved in research into the effect of care mapping in neurorehabilitation wards and outcomes of acute neurorehabilitation.
Sarah Fletcher-Shaw Sarah Fletcher-Shaw (Mrs) Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist

I trained to be an Occupational Therapist at The University of Liverpool.  After qualifying as an OT I went on to study and gain a PGDip Practice Development from The Manchester Metropolitan University and an Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Studies and Skills from The University of Derby.  I am currently studying at Salford University a Masters degree in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.


I love working in cardiovascular rehabilitation, seeing patients recover and go on to often live healthier and happier lives. My main achievement is designing and establishing the Healthy Minds group, which is a stress management group for our cardiovascular patients.


My current interest is guided deep relaxation techniques, because they have a great impact on reducing stress levels for our patients and us too!   I enjoy tap dancing, reading and practising mindfulness in my spare time.
Charlotte Hazeldine-BakerCharlotte Hazeldine-Baker (Dr), Clinical Psychologist  Dr Hazeldine-Baker completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Bath, and following this, she completed her Masters Degree in Health Psychology also at Bath. After gaining her Masters degree she worked as an assistant clinical psychologist within the NHS, providing therapy for people with learning disabilities. During this time she also worked as a research assistant at the University of Bath exploring sleep difficulties in older adults. Charlotte gained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Bath and during this time developed an interest in working with people with long term health conditions and those within palliative care services. She had a six month placement working in a hospice in Swindon and during her final year elected to spend six months working at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, gaining varied experience of working with patients with a range of both acute and chronic health problems. Her doctoral thesis explored feelings of defeat in patients living with chronic pain. She continues to have an interest in applying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Emma WinterEmma Solomon (Dr), Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Emma Solomon first became interested in the impact of physical illness on emotional wellbeing in 1998 during the 4 years she worked for the Christie Hospital in Manchester in the Psychological Medicine Unit. Her MPhil focused on coping with cancer. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2005 and post qualification enjoyed working in a number of adult mental health posts including Eating Disorders, Community Mental Health, Primary Care, Early Intervention and Assertive Outreach Teams. She then returned to physical health psychology services in 2009 when she accepted a post at Salford Royal in the Intestinal Failure Unit. From here she moved into the General Medicine Team which she now leads. Emma has particular interests in the impact of visible differences on wellbeing, loss of function following illness or injury and stigma. Emma and her team pride themselves in offering patients a range of evidence-based psychological therapies depending on the individual needs of that person. Approaches that currently have a strong evidence base with the conditions covered by General Medicine include both traditional cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and third wave cognitive behavioural approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Mindfulness, and Compassion-Focused Therapy.
Sara LowSara Low (Dr), Counselling Psychologist  Dr Low is a counselling psychologist qualified at the University of Surrey before starting work in a primary mental health team and later moving into clinical health psychology in 2010. After a number of years in the renal department she was appointed consultant counselling psychologist in weight management, bariatric surgery and chronic fatigue. In her therapeutic work she practices integrative therapy with an emphasis on cognitive behavioural therapy. As well as offering individual assessments and psycho-educational groups Dr Low is responsible for running department audits.
Gillian Fairclough Gillian Fairclough (Dr), Clinical Psychologist Dr Gillian Fairclough completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. From there, she worked as an Assistant Psychologist within the Children and Parents Service for South Manchester and subsequently worked as a Research Assistant for the University of Manchester. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at the University of Manchester. In her final year of training, Gillian completed a specialist placement within Neuropsychology and Chronic Pain services. Her doctoral thesis explored the perceived treatment needs of people experiencing non-epileptic seizures. Gillian is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and post-qualification she has worked within Chronic Pain, Cardiothoracic Transplant and Chronic Fatigue Services. She currently works within the Gastrointestinal (GI) Psychology Service within the Department of Clinical Health Psychology. She adopts an integrative approach to her practice, drawing on a range of evidence-based psychological therapies, to fit with the specific needs and goals of the person that she is meeting with.
Jessica DeanJessica Dean (Dr), Consultant Clinical Psychologist  Dr Dean completed both her undergraduate (MA Hons Psychology) and post graduate (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) degrees at the University of Glasgow. After qualifying she worked for 2 years in Cardiac Rehabilitation Psychology Services in Glasgow, before moving to Cheshire and working at Macclesfield District General Hospital as a Clinical Psychologist in General Medicine and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Dr Dean started work at Salford Royal Hospital in 2008 and in 2009 started to set up the hospital’s Renal Psychology Service. She now works with colleagues providing psychological services to renal patients at Salford Royal. Her areas of special interest include; “The Use of Motivational Interviewing in Improving Medical Adherence” and “Shared Decision Making in Renal Medicine”.
Joanne AblettJo Ablett (Dr), Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Jo Ablett completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at the University of Leicester from 2007-2010. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and prior to Clinical Psychology training she had a number of roles within Social Care and the NHS, working primarily with Adults with Learning Disabilities, and taking on management roles within this area of work in the community, respite and day care settings. Dr Jo Ablett is registered with the HCPC and has been Chartered with the British Psychological Society for several years and is now an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) in recognition of her experience. She completed training in Clinical Hypnotherapy in 2011 and is registered with the BSACH. Dr Jo Ablett is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has been working in clinical health psychology at Salford Royal hospital since 2010; and specifically with the National Intestinal Failure team since 2011. Alongside the IF service, Dr Ablett has developed and leads a thriving Gastro-Intestinal Psychology service which covers the needs of a wide group of patients with gut related difficulties. Dr Jo Ablett takes an active role in research in the area of IF, SBS, Dysmotility and HPN, being involved in a number of publications over recent years. She has been asked to speak at events nationally and internationally in these areas and called as an expert by NICE in reviewing treatments for patients on Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN). She works in partnership with The University of Manchester, and also provides teaching to the DClinPsy courses and offers clinical training placements.