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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
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 picture 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.
no picture availableMelanie Fernandez Immunology and Allergy Nurse Specialist
Shuayb ElkhalifaShuayb Elkhalifa (Dr)Specialist Trainee in Immunology (ST7). Consultant Immunologist (To commence in near future).
no picture 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 picture 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 picture 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 picture 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 picture 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.
no picture availableDavid Shackley (Mr)Mr David Shackley qualified in 1992 from Manchester University and originally comes from Oldham. He has been a consultant urological surgeon since 2005. His main interests are renal cancer, stone treatments, general urology, medical education and management. He is currently the Clinical Director and leads on the management and strategy of the unit. He is also the Chair, Programme Director and Career Lead for North West Urology and leads on all regional education issues in urology. He is also the Assistant National Director of Education for BAUS.
Debbie LawfordDebbie LawfordOperation Manager
Dimitrios (Dimitris) PoulikakosDimitrios (Dimitris) Poulikakos (Dr)

Dr Dimitrios (Dimitris) Poulikakos’ clinical commitments include Haemodialysis, General Nephrology and CKD. He shares responsibility for Bolton satellite Haemodialysis unit with Dr Middleton.

Dr Poulikakos has a research interest in cardiovascular complications of Chronic Kidney Disease and in particular Sudden Cardiac Death.

Dr Donal O@DonoghueDonal O'Donoghue (Prof)Professor Donal O'Donoghue was National Clinical Director for Kidney Care until 2013 and worked between the Department of Health in London, kidney services across England and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust where he contributes to the provision of outpatient clinics.  He is an honorary lecturer at the University of Manchester and publishes regularly on the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease, progression of glomerular disease, renal anaemia, models of service delivery and clinical outcomes.
Ed O'RiordanEd O'Riordan (Dr)Dr O’Riordan’s clinical commitments include CKD, haemodialysis and general Nephrology. He supervises the departmental vasculitis clinic and immunosuppression service (non-transplant). Research interests include urinary proteomics and vasculitis. He is co-Chair of the Regional Renal Audit and audit lead for the renal department.
Emily FeildingEmily Feilding (Dr) FRCP, MB ChB, MSc Dr Emily Feilding has been a Consultant Physician and Geriatrician since 2007 and has been at Salford Royal since 2013. She shares responsibility for the management of 24 acute beds for older adults with complex needs with Dr Thomson on ward L5. She also runs the in-reach service to the Trauma Unit, providing care for older patients admitted as a result of major trauma or to the spinal unit. She has a biweekly general geriatrics clinic. Dr Fielding’s interests include the perioperative care of the older person, delirium and dementia, and pain in the older person. She also has an interest in medical education and is the Foundation Programme Director for SRFT. She is Associate Education lead for the MSc in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Salford.