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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
no image availableJacqui VardenWard Matron Jacqui was brought up in the Salford area and commenced her nurse training at Salford Royal in 1979. Once the hospital amalgamated Jacqui undertook various roles within the surgical directorate. Jacqui has held various clinical positions at ward level and ward manager and is now currently Matron of The Intestinal Failure Unit (IFU), a 21- bedded specialist department. The unit is situated on Ward H8 in the Hope Building. The unit is one of only two designated centres for the treatment of complex intestinal failure patients in the United Kingdom (UK). The IFU in Salford is increasingly becoming well known. Jacqui also works closely with clinical psychologists as the impact of a person’s psychological well-being has been recognised and acknowledged by the team as key to the maintenance of their physical well-being.
Jane RobertsJane RobertsOutreach Librarian
JanetHegartyJanet Hegarty (Dr)Dr Janet Hegarty was appointed as Consultant in 2006 and, together with Dr Ed O’Riordan, runs Wigan Renal Unit. Janet delivers kidney transplant clinics, general nephrology clinics, acute ward work and has an interest in improving patient care via Quality Improvement projects. These have led to eradication of acute dialysis line infections in the department, halving of the cardiac arrest rate on the ward and improvements in attainment of key clinical outcomes such as BP and anaemia Collaborate in Kidney Replacement Therapy. She has led the <a href="http://www.srht.nhs.uk/about-us/our-departments/live-kidney-donor-partnership/">North West Live Kidney Donor Partnership</a> and is the Director of the <a href="http://clahrc-gm.nihr.ac.uk/projects/implementation/chronic-kidney-disease">CLARHC CKD Improvement Programme</a> which has been working on improving kidney care in 4 PCTs in Greater Manchester.
Jenny FoxJenny Fox (Dr) MSc (Medical Science), MB ChB, MRCP, BSc (Geriatric Medicine) Dr Jenny Fox has been a Consultant Physician and Geriatrician at SRFT since 2011. She is the current Clinical Lead for the department of Ageing and Complex Medicine. Dr Fox works in the Comprehensive Older Persons Evaluation (COPE) zone in the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) and in the Emergency Department. Her main clinical interest is in the acute assessment and management of frail, older people. Dr Fox has a keen interest in Quality Improvement (QI) and has undertaken numerous projects, many of which have been presented at local, national and international conferences. Current QI work focusses on COPE zone development with a vision of delivering timely, reliable, high quality care to all frail, older people who present to SRFT. Dr Fox is an experienced educator. She is an Honorary Lecturer at Salford University and has roles in SRFT in both postgraduate and undergraduate medicine.
Jim O’DellJim O'DellChiropractor Jim is a chiropractor and combines working in the Walkden CATS team with his private clinics in Manchester. Jim has an MSc in Pain Management and is a lecturer in biomechanics on the Chiropractic MSc programme. He also runs training courses in soft tissue techniques for chiropractors and other physical therapists. As a chiropractor he provides the team with additional skills in mobilisation, manipulation and soft tissue work for treating a range of musculoskeletal problems including the back, neck and shoulders. Key areas of interest are treating runners and golfers for musculoskeletal problems and the treatment of headaches.
Jim RitchieJim Ritchie (Dr)Jim Ritchie is the local lead for in-patient service development. His clinical interests include CKD, glomerulonephritis and transition medicine. Special interests include the use of e-health platforms and use of large scale data to improve patient care. Jim shares the care of the Rochdale renal unit with Dr Tina Chrysochou.
John StanilandJohn Staniland (Dr) MA, MB Chir, FRCP Dr John Staniland has worked in Geriatric Medicine since 1988.He has been a Consultant Physician since 1993 and has worked in Salford since 1998. He has sole clinical responsibility for a very busy ward of 25 acute beds dealing with all aspects of care for the Elderly- especially those with complex needs. He runs three out-patient clinics-dealing with most aspects of Elderly Care- two are General Clinics- one specifically deals with issues of Syncope and Epilepsy in the Elderly. His particular clinical interests relate to Cardiology Problems in the Elderly, Diabetes, Syncope and Epilepsy. He undertakes a weekly 3 hours in-reach session into the Emergency Assessment Unit. He has performed over 1000 Tilt Table Tests and has a weekly session to undertake this procedure in the Elderly. He has additional interests in End of Life Care- especially feeding and nutrition. He has an interest in Clinical Pharmacology and contributes to the Antibiotic Steering Group –and is particularly interested in Antibiotic Stewardship. He contributes to fortnightly Community MDT meetings- Eccles area. He has published over 30 peer reviewed articles- mostly recently relating to investigation and treatment of syncope. He supervises 4 junior doctors in the clinical are- from FY1 doctors to registrars. He supervises 5th year medical students. He has supervised health care students at the University of Bolton and for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine. He is a member of the BMA- British Geriatrics Society- including previous participation in SIG for diabetes and cardiology.
no image availableJonathan Epstein (Mr)General & Colorectal Surgeon  Jonathan Epstein is a General and Colorectal Surgeon at Salford Royal. He graduated in Medicine at the University of Oxford and went on to obtain his MD from the University of Manchester for research into peritoneal adhesion formation. His higher surgical training was in the North West of England and through a fellowship with Peter Sagar in Leeds. He was appointed as a consultant in July 2013. His interest in intestinal failure began with his research into the complex nature of intra-abdominal healing after surgery and was then developed.
Julie PhillipsJulie Phillips (Mrs)Highly Specialist Cardiovascular Rehab Nurse

Julie worked on the Heart Care Unit as a Nursing Sister.  During this time she was seconded into the cardiac rehab team where her interest in cardiac rehabilitation grew.  The main achievement of my career so far is achieving highly specialist nurse status within our team.

Julie has qualifications in Salford University - Degree in Professional Nursing Studies, ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice, ENB NO1 Counselling in a Caring Relationship, ENB124 Cardiology Nursing, Open University - Degree Module in Heart Failure.

She has a special interest in Cardiomyopathy, Implantable Devices and Heart Failure and outside of work Julie enjoys walking, listening to music (all types from big bands to metal) and spending time with my grandchildren.




Karen SutcliffeKaren SutcliffeAssistant Librarian
 Khalill Peeroo (Dr) BSc, MB Chb (Edin) Dr Khalill Peeroo completed his training in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine in August 2014, and started his Consultant post at Salford Royal in September of the same year. He currently oversees the care of half of the acute inpatient beds on Ward L5, looking after older people admitted with a variety of medical illnesses. Around half of his time is also dedicated to providing medical advice on the Trauma Assessment Unit and the Spinal Unit at Salford Royal, especially for complex, older people with trauma or spinal injuries. He has a fortnightly general medical outpatient clinic and has recently assumed the position of Clinical Governance Lead for the Department of Ageing and Complex Medicine. His personal interests include heart failure and cardiovascular disease, peri-operative care of patients undergoing surgery, undergraduate medical education, and information technology. He is currently a Member of the British Society for Heart Failure.
no image availableKieran O’Flynn (Mr)Mr Kieran O’Flynn graduated in Medicine from the University College, Dublin. He has trained in the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Sheffield before settling in Manchester. He has been a consultant Urological Surgeon at Salford Royal since 1994. He has published over 50 papers and abstracts in the field of Urology. His main interests are in the area of BPH, functional urology and continence management. He has served as Clinical Director for surgery at the hospital from 2002-2006.  He has previously acted as Regional Advisor in Urology for the North West and is the Director of Education for the British Association of Urological Surgeons. He currently chairs the Specialist Advisory committee in Urology which oversees training in Urology in the UK and Ireland.
Louise ButlerLouise Butler (Dr) Dr Louise Butler completed her training in Geriatric and General Internal medicine in August 2015 and joined the Ageing and Complex Medicine department in September 2015. She now works in the community looking after frail housebound older people and care home residents with complex needs. Her particular interest is in advanced care planning and end of life care for older adults. She works closely with Salford Care Homes practice and also with their end of life care facilitators to improve palliative care in the community and in care homes. Dr Butler also looks after patients in the community undergoing intermediate care at Heartly Green and she is a member of the Walden and Little Hulton MDG. In addition to her community duties, she also works with the multidisciplinary team in the Comprehensive Older Peoples Evaluation unit in the Emergency Assessment Unit; helping to deliver a comprehensive geriatric assessment to newly admitted older adults. Dr Butler has an interest in medical education and is in the process of completing a postgraduate certificate in medical education.
Mairi WilcockMairi WilcockJoint lead for Gastro team
no image availableMaurice Lau (Mr)Mr. Maurice Lau qualified in 1988 from Manchester University having completed pre-clinical studies in St. Andrews University. He trained largely in Manchester with a short spell in Liverpool. He was appointed to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust as Consultant Urological Surgeon in 2000. He then was appointed to Salford Royal Foundation Trust as Consultant Urological Surgeon in Uro-Oncology, with a Joint appointment at The Christie in 2006. He has sub-specialist interest in penile cancer and robotic surgery. He is presently the Chair of the Urology Clinical Subgroup in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network and leads on urological cancer issues regionally.
no image availableMichael Pantelides (Mr)Mr Michael Pantelides originates from Cyprus and studied Medicine at Manchester University. He currently holds a joint appointment at both Salford Royal and Royal Bolton Hospitals. He was the first Consultant Urological Surgeon to be appointed at Bolton in 1992 and has worked for both Trusts since 2008. His interests include bladder, prostate and also renal cancer alongside general urology. He undertakes all the complex cancer surgery for his Bolton patients at the Salford site. He has been Lead Clinician in Urological cancer Surgery at Bolton since 2000 and was Clinical Lead for General Surgery and Urology at Bolton from 2005-2008.
Neil PendletonNeil Pendleton (Dr) MB ChB, FRCP Neil Pendleton is a Reader in Geriatric Medicine and honorary consultant physician at University of Manchester. He works in both acute and rehabilitation services for the Elderly in Salford, UK. He is academic lead for Greater Manchester National Institute for Health Research Age and Ageing Clinical Research Network. He serves on the UK Royal College of Physicians National Hip Fracture Database advisory committee, the British Geriatrics Society Research and Academic Development Committee and is Associate Editor of Age and Ageing journal. He is principal investigator in the Manchester Age and Cognitive Performance Research studies and co-principal investigator in the MRC research programme grant on inequalities in later life frailty and wellbeing.
no image availableNoel Clarke (Prof)Professor Noel Clarke qualified in 1981 at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School London and has been a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Salford Royal and The Christie since 1993. He has specific expertise in the treatment of bladder, prostate, renal and testis cancer and in the management of complex pelvic and retroperitoneal tumours.  He heads the Genito-Urinary cancer research team at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research and was appointed as Professor of Urological Oncology in 2007. He currently advises various European and National Urological Committees including the Department of Health Advisory Board for prostate cancer, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) advisory panel for urology and the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI). Amongst other posts, he was the Clinical Director of Urology for Salford between the years 1994-2002 and the Director of Surgery at The Christie. He has previously been the lead cancer clinician at Salford Royal (2000-20008) and Chair of the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Urological Cancer Network (2001-2009). He helped to write the National IOG plan for Urological cancer and he was Chair of the NCRI Prostate Clinical Studies Group. He is currently Chair of the EORTC prostate cancer trials section, Initiator and Chair of the MCRC pan-Manchester Biobank and co-investigator on several national/international urological cancer trials. He has published over 145 peer reviewed papers and 8 book chapters on urology and urological cancer.
Paul BarrattPaul BarrattConsultant Physiotherapist Paul graduated from Manchester University in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and completed his MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy Practice in 2011/12. He has a wealth of experience in a variety of settings, having worked in elite sport for MCFC, and in other sports such as rugby, athletics, swimming and dance before moving on to manage a sports injury clinic in Manchester. He previously worked both in private and NHS hospitals before joining Salford Royal in March 2007. He has been an injection therapist since 2007, is an independent prescriber and can directly list for surgery for a variety of hand procedures. He has a special interest in tendon injuries (Tendinopathy) and is currently involved in service improvement in this area. He also lectures at UCLAN on tendon injuries, ‘The Shoulder: Assessment and Treatment’, and on the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Masters course. In his spare time he plays football and is a keen kitesurfer.
Phil KalraPhil Kalra (Prof)Professor Phil Kalra was appointed consultant at Salford Royal in 1995. He has clinical interests in CKD and renal transplantation and is the departmental research lead with a profile in research into renovascular disease and in cardiovascular disease in CKD. Phil is chairman of the NIHR CRN National Renal speciality group for clinical trials, a member of the KR-UK research grants committee and chair of the UK Renal Research Collaboration’s Cardio-Renal clinical speciality group. He also has a major interest in education, being known to most candidates preparing for the MRCP and also for helping to initiate integrated education in both Cardiology and Nephrology.
Sandy ThomsonSandy Thomson (Dr) BSc, MB ChB (Hons), MSc, FRCP Dr Sandy Thomson has been a Consultant Physician and Geriatrician at Salford Royal Hospital since 2007. He shares responsibility for the management of 24 acute beds for older adults with complex needs with Dr Emily Feilding on ward L5. He also runs the service for older adults with Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. This has links to colleagues in the neurology department and Emergency Assessment Unit, and Dr Thomson works with Parkinson’s disease nurse specialists in both in-patient and weekly out-patient settings. Dr Thomson has additional interests including medical education, delirium and adult protection, and has published in these areas. He is currently Education Lead for Higher Specialist Training in Geriatric Medicine in the North-West of England and is an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians. The MSc in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Salford is led Dr Thomson and Dr Feilding, with several other members of the department contributing to the faculty.
Simon LalSimon Lal (Dr)Physician Lead, Intestinal Failure Unit Dr Simon Lal is Physician Lead of the Intestinal Failure Unit. He trained in the Northwest of England as well as in Toronto (Canada) where he developed a clinical and research interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Nutrition and Intestinal Failure. He was a consultant at the University Hospital Aintree between 2006-2009, where he set up and ran the hospital’s first Nutrition Support Team. He is now the principal Consultant Gastroenterologist on the Intestinal Failure Unit in Salford, where he focuses on the medical care of our patients. Dr Lal holds an Honorary Readership at the University of Manchester and an Honorary Professorship at the University of Chester; he has helped develop a research team in Salford that is actively looking into ways to improve the care of patients with Intestinal Failure. Dr Lal is regularly invited to give lectures about Intestinal Failure in the UK, as well as in other countries in Europe, Asia and North America.
Smeeta SinhaSmeeta Sinha (Dr)Dr Smeeta Sinha is Clinical Director of the service.  Dr Sinha’s clinical interests are in CKD, metabolic stone disease and haemodialysis. Dr Sinha shares responsibility for Salford Renal Unit  and also covers the Bury general nephrology clinics and inpatient referrals.  She is clinical lead for infection control governance and leads the complex glomerulonephritis clinic and the renal assessment service. Dr Sinha’s research interests are in renal bone disease and vascular calcification.  Dr Sinha is the principle investigator for the UK Calciphylaxis Study, which is part of an international collaboration. She also supports a number of other research studies within the department.  Dr Sinha is also lead for undergraduate medical education in conjunction with Dr Uthappa.
Susan CasnelloSusan Casnello Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist Nurse

Susan completed her nurse training at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) in 1989. Her interest in cardiology started during her nurse training and she was able to follow this through from 1990 when she worked at North Manchester General coronary care unit. She has experience of working at MRI and Salford Royal coronary care units.

She started her interest in cardiac rehabilitation in 1992 and has experience of services in Liverpool, Bury and Salford.  She has been with the current service since 2001. She gained my degree at Salford in 1998, her dissertation looked at "Why women do not complete cardiovascular rehabilitation". This provided an interesting insight into the issues facing women.

In 2005 she was on secondment to redesign the service and develop a menu based cardiovascular rehabilitation service, which is how the service is currently delivered.  Her interests include:



Ziad AlioZiad Alio (Dr) MB BCh, MRCP (UK) Dr Ziad Alio has been a Consultant Physician and Orthogeriatrician at Salford Royal Hospital since 2013. He shares responsibility with Dr Kate Wardle for the management of older patients on the acute orthopaedic trauma unit which has 32 beds. He works closely with the orthopaedic and anaesthetic teams to optimise older patients prior to surgery, and leads the multidisciplinary rehabilitation process following surgery to facilitate patients’ recovery and discharge. Dr Alio and Dr Wardle are also in the process of setting up an outpatient service for preoperative optimisation of older patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery. Dr Alio works in close partnership with consultant colleagues in intermediate care and in the community, to facilitate patients’ transition to rehab following their acute hospital stay. Dr Alio is involved in a number of quality improvement projects that aim to improve the care of older patients undergoing surgery with particular focus on patients with hip fractures. Dr Alio has additional interests including postoperative cognitive dysfunction and delirium. He currently is the organiser and chair of the department’s weekly CPD meeting.