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Meet the team

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
Rachel MiddletonRachel Middleton (Dr)

Dr Rachel Middleton's clinical interests are in renal transplantation and early CKD and her research interest is in epidemiology of CKD. 


Rachel shares responsibility for Bolton Satellite Unit with Dr Dimitrios Poulikakos.

Rosie DonneRosie Donne (Dr)

Dr Rosie Donne works 3 days per week and is the lead for the Advanced Kidney Care Service (AKCS) at Salford Royal. The AKCS service prepares patients for dialysis and transplantation. 

Rosie's main research interests are the genetic basis of atypical Haemolytic uraemic syndrome and vascular access for dialysis.

 Tim Pattison (Dr) BSc, MB ChB, MRCP, MSc, PG Cert Dr Tim Pattison has been a consultant in the department of Ageing and complex medicine since 2012. He is clinical lead for intermediate care services and works both in the Salford Royal Hospital and as part of community services. Dr Pattison provides consultant input to bedded intermediate care units across Salford as well as domiciliary visits to those who are too frail to attend hospital, working closely with local GPs and the Salford care homes medical practice. He also works in the emergency village as part of a team delivering rapid comprehensive geriatric assessment to frail older people who present to hospital. Dr Pattison has a specialist interest in medical education. He is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Manchester and is topic lead for the care of older people at Manchester medical school. He is also clinical co-lead for semester 1. He helps to run a module for the MSc in geriatric medicine run at the University of Salford.
Briony McNelly - Meet the TeamBriony McNellyQualified Nurse Briony is the team’s learning disability nurse who works closely with the patients who have learning disabilities or capacity issues and their families. Briony also covers some of the clinics where she will see all patients with metabolic conditions and complete an individual care plan and address any issues raised. The transition process is a big part of her role and she attend Manchester children’s hospital weekly to do a clinic with young people who are in transition. Her role also includes, home visits, best interest meeting, multi-disciplinary meetings and raising awareness and educating others about capacity issues.
no image availableFabia Slaughter, Assistant PsychologistFabia completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. From there, she went on to do a Masters in Clinical and health psychology at Goldsmiths University. She then went onto work in a persistent physical symptoms service in Cumbria, before moving to the physical health service at Salford in November 2017. Fabia is hoping to go on to train as a Clinical Psychologist in the future.
Helen UllmerHelen Ullmer, Psychological TherapistHelen Ullmer completed her Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Edge Hill University. She worked for ten years in a Psycho-oncology Service at The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals. It was here that she developed an interest in supporting people when psychological difficulties are linked to dealing with physical illness. Helen joined the General Medicine team in the Clinical Health Psychology department at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in August 2017. Helen enjoys using traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and also Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT).
Holly Martin-SmithHolly Martin-Smith, Health PsychologistHolly Martin-Smith completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biology at Liverpool John Moores University, and subsequently completed her Masters Degree in Health Psychology at University College London. Following this Holly moved up to Aberdeen to complete her Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology with NHS Grampian and successfully qualified as an HCPC registered Health Psychologist. Holly joined the General Medicine team of the Clinical Health Psychology department at Salford Royal in July 2017. Holly takes an integrative approach with her therapeutic work with particular interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT).
no image availableIvonette Jones Immunology and Allergy Nurse Specialist
Katherine TwistKatherine Twist (Dr), Clinical PsychologistKatherine Twist completed her undergraduate degree (Psychology BSc) at the University of York and her master’s degree (Health Psychology MSc) at the University of Bath. Throughout both degrees, she always had a special interest in long-term health conditions and worked in diabetes and cardiovascular research for 5 years at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London before completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Manchester. Post qualification, Katherine worked in a Cystic Fibrosis service at Liverpool heart and Chest hospital before joining the Gastrointestinal Psychology Service and Intestinal Failure Unit at Salford Royal Hospital at the beginning of 2019. Katherine has a special interest in researching the use of psychological interventions and role of psychologists in long term conditions. She predominantly uses cognitive approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in her clinical work.
Laura BellLaura BellClinical Nurse Specialist for Niemann Pick Disease Laura joined the team in June 2008 and has progressed from staff nurse to her current national role providing support for individuals and families with Niemann Pick disease. Her role is to maintain contact with all the Niemann Pick patients in the UK, which includes seeing patient face to face in clinic and maintaining regular telephone contact with them. She attends clinics and multidisciplinary meetings throughout the country to provide input to families and health care professionals so that care is optimised for this group. The role is enhanced by the support she receives from the Niemann Pick support group.
Mairead Mcloughlin - Meet the teamMairead McLoughlinNurse Practitioner Mairead supports the unit manager to provide daily, clinical and managerial leadership to nursing and support staff, delivering care to patients within the outpatient department and to offer follow up telephone calls and home assessments when required. Currently supporting the Manchester Niemann-Pick patient’s for maternity cover. Keen interest in developing a palliative care role in the team to ensure a high standard of end of life care can be given.
Maria HughesMaria Hughes (Dr), Clinical PsychologistMaria Hughes completed her degree in BSc Psychology at Liverpool Hope University in 2011. She worked as an Assistant Psychologist in Salford Learning Disability Service whilst also studying for her masters in Applied Psychology at the University of Salford. Maria qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2018 after completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at the University of Liverpool and enjoyed working within a range of different physical health specialities including oncology, diabetes, gastroenterology and cardiology. Maria joined the Renal Psychology service at Salford Royal in 2018. She utilises an integrative approach in her work with patients, drawing upon a range of therapeutic models to meet individual need. She has a particular interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) approaches.
no image availableMelanie Fernandez Immunology and Allergy Nurse Specialist
Midori LumsdenMidori Lumsden (Dr), Clinical PsychologistDr Midori Lumsden completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Her pre-qualification experience as an assistant in child and family services gave her insight into the systemic factors impacting mental health and the importance of attachment. She completed her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology at the University of Salford then went on to work with children with developmental and genetic disorders. She also worked as a researcher for the Health and Safety Executive, exploring the impact of occupational hazards on COPD and respiratory diseases. Midori gained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester where she developed her interest in neuropsychology and chronic health conditions. Her research focussed on how families cope when a child has a congenital heart condition. Dr Lumsden joined the General Medicine team of the Clinical Health Psychology Department in December 2018 and uses principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in her therapeutic work.
no image availableVicky Blakeley Immunology and Allergy Nurse Specialist
Anna SmithAnna SmithCardiovascular Specialist Nurse  Anna gained her Adult Nursing Degree, Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care NVQ Level 3 in General Health and Social Care Skills for the Care of Patients with Heart Disease Module at the University of Salford.

The highlight of her career has been achieving her goal of becoming a specialist nurse within Cardiovascular Rehabilitation.

Arturo Vilches-Moraga Arturo Vilches-Moraga (Dr) LMS, MSc, MRCP, DGM Dr. Vilches-Moraga joined our Department in 2014, with shared responsibility for the development of a surgical in-reach service within the Trust whilst working in the Comprehensive Older Persons Evaluation (COPE) zone in the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) and in the Emergency Department. After graduating from Woodbury high school in 1987 (New Jersey, US) and obtaining his medical degree (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1993), Dr. Vilches-Moraga held training posts within the Northwest deanery which lead to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine. In 2005 he was appointed Consultant Geriatrician and Physician at Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo (CHUVI) in Spain where he developed a broad range of expertise including acute geriatric medicine, heart failure, dementia, delirium and falls. His principal research interests include heart failure in the elderly and falls/syncope prevention. Dr Vilches-Moraga has received research grants from Fondo de Investigacion Sanitaria (FIS) and INCITE programs. He has published peer reviewed originals, reviews, chapters in books, case reports, editorials, short communications and abstracts. He evaluates scientific projects for Agencia Nacional de Evaluación y Prospectiva (ANEP) and is a reviewer for various academic journals. His interest in medical training commenced during specialist training when he was appointed Royal College of Physicians associate tutor. He was postgraduate Tutor at CHUVI and currently teaches undergraduate medical students (University of Manchester). He is an executive board member of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society and EUGMS website Director.
Catherine BuckleyCatherine BuckleyJoint Lead for Renal team
no image availableChris Betts (Mr)Mr. Christopher Betts was educated at Arnold School in Blackpool and qualified at Dundee University. He has trained in Manchester and Bristol including a spell at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London and the Royal London Hospital where he acquired experience in complex neuro-urology cases. He was appointed to the post of consultant urological surgeon at Salford Royal NHS Trust in 1995. His main clinical interests are lower urinary tract dysfunction, (prostatic disease and incontinence), uro-neurology, urodynamics and urinary stone disease. Mr. Betts has a keen interest in undergraduate and postgraduate urological education and served as chair / programme director for urological training in the North West from 2004-2008. He is an Intercollegiate Specialty Board Examiner in Urology.
no image availableChris Slater Specialist Dietician  Chris graduated from Coventry University in 2006 and started his career working at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He moved on to Oldham in 2008 gaining experience in acute stroke, rehabilitation and community care. He then worked for a private hospital and gained experience working in Bariatric Surgery, before being appointed Bariatric Specialist Dietitian and Weight Management Team lead at Salford Royal in 2009. He completed his Master of Research Degree at Manchester University in 2012, investigating iron deficiency following bariatric surgery. Chris has been working with the Intestinal Failure team since 2010. His mixture of dietetic experience in bariatric surgery and intestinal failure is unique within the UK. He has presented at numerous national conferences and been involved in several international training days.
Christina FedericoChristina FedericoLead for Neuro team
no image availableClaire Forde Specialist Dietician Claire is a highly specialist dietitian in Intestinal Failure and has worked with the team since 2014. Claire initially gained a BSc (Hons) Biology at The University of Manchester before going on to study for a postgraduate qualification in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Chester. Claire qualified as a dietitian in 2006 and started her career with the Manchester community team, before moving to Salford and gaining experience in renal and gastroenterology dietetics. Following this Claire developed the role of the dietitian from scratch within the Nutrition Support Team, and played a key role in the hospital TPN team for 4 years. This background enabled Claire to gain her current role in IF, providing dietetic input in a highly specialist area and advising colleagues both locally and nationally. Claire completed her MSc in preoperative carbohydrate loading in 2011, and presented her abstract at the ESPEN Congress in Barcelona. Claire also takes a lead on dietetic student training within the Trust.
DavidLewisDavid Lewis (Dr)Dr David Lewis is the medical lead for the Peritoneal Dialysis Programme and Kidney Biopsy service. 
David NewDavid New (Dr)Dr David New’s clinical commitments are in chronic kidney disease, haemodialysis and transplantation. He is clinical lead for haemodialysis governance. His research interests are in cardiovascular function and risk factors in kidney patients.
no image availableDavid Ross (Mr)Mr David Ross was educated in Edinburgh & Newcastle-Upon-Tyne before entering Manchester Medical School from where he graduated in 1997. He subsequently pursued urological surgical training in the North West and was appointed as a consultant urological surgeon at Salford Royal in 2009. His clinical interests are urinary tract stone disease and general urology. He also has significant roles in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.