Meet the team 

Specialist Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)

At UCLH you will be looked after by a specialist multidisciplinary team (MDT). This team consists of experts such as doctors, nurses, speech and language therapists, dieticians and physiotherapists who all have specialist training and experience in diagnosing, treating and supporting patients with head and neck cancers.

  • Consultant Surgeons

    As part of your cancer treatment you may require surgery. The surgeon treating you will be a specialist consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery, or a consultant ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon.

  • Consultant Oncologists

    Oncologists are specialists in the chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment used to treat your type of cancer.

  • Consultant Radiologists

    Consultant radiologists are specialists in examining and interpreting x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, bone scans and other diagnostic tests to diagnose disease.

  • Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)

    Clinical Nurse Specialists are qualified nurses with specialist training and extensive experience in treating patients with your type of cancer. They offer advice and support throughout your diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.

    Your CNS may also act as your ‘key-worker’ during your treatment, which means they are a consistent point of contact for you, your family and any professionals involved in your care.

  • Speech and Language Therapists (SLT)

    Speech and language therapists provide treatment which aims to maximise abilities relating to speech, voice, swallowing and communication.

  • Dietitians

    Dietitians are nutrition professionals who use their extensive knowledge of the science of food and nutrition to ensure best possible nutritional care.

  • Physiotherapists

    Physiotherapists and occupational therapists will work closely together to assist you in returning to independence following your treatment.

  • Macmillan Support Worker

    Macmillan Support Workers provide one-to-one patient support, advice and guidance, and links patients to the Macmillan Support and Information Service at UCLH.

  • MDT Coordinator

    The MDT Coordinator makes sure that cancer patients are prioritised and treated within the 62 day timeframe set by national guidelines.

    The MDT Coordinator organises Multidisciplinary Team Meetings (MTM) and discussions of cancer patient care between clinical teams, allied health professionals and administration staff. Each cancer patient is discussed at the MTM where the experience of all staff is used to put the best plan for the patient forward.

 Surgeons

Miss Safina Ali, Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon

Safina Ali

Safina Ali was recently appointed as part of the head and neck consultant team from The Royal London Hospital. Having trained in Scotland she has completed two clinical fellowships in advanced head and neck surgery, reconstruction and cranio-facial resection at Guys and St Thomas' and Charing Cross Hospitals respectively.

She also holds a research fellowship from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York. Her areas of expertise are treating benign and malignant diseases of the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, thyroid and salivary glands. Her research interests include clinical outcomes, and quality of life issues in head and neck cancer patients. She has also collaborated with the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio on creating risk stratification models on counselling patients with cancer.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”

Mr Ghassan Alusi, Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon

Mr Ghassan Alusi

Mr Ghassan Alusi joins UCLH as part of the head and neck consultant team from The Royal London Hospital. He is deeply involved in research into image guided surgery, for which he was awarded a PhD by Leicester University.

Mr Alusi manages complex head and neck surgery and thyroid disorders. He is a senior surgeon within the Head and Neck Unit at Barts and The Royal London NHS Trust.

Mr Alusi's general training was at The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear, St Bartholomew's, The Royal Marsden and The Royal Free Hospital. He became a Consultant at St Bartholomew's and The Royal London Hospitals in 2000.

Mr Khalid Ghufoor, Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon

Mr Khalid Ghufoor

Mr Khalid Ghufoor was appointed as a consultant in ENT head and neck surgery 2002 at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals. He has a specialist interest in minimal access surgical techniques for dealing with cancers of the head and neck particularly transoral microscopic laser surgery. He has developed a sub-specialist interest in thyroid and salivary gland surgery, laryngeal and pharyngeal tumours, airway restorative surgery and rehabilitative surgery for laryngopharyngeal dysfunction following treatment of cancer of the head and neck. He has also worked at the Royal national Throat Nose and Ear Hospital since 2005 running a tertiary laryngotracheal service. He is the head of the ENT department at Barts Health since 2014. Mr Ghufoor has been a programme and training director for North Thames ENT since 2011.

Mr Jonathan Hughes, Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon

Mr Jonathan Hughes

Mr Hughes graduated from the University of Bristol Medical School in 2000. His higher surgical training included placements at recognised centres of excellence, including The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear, Imperial College and University College.

During his ENT training, Jonathan was awarded the Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellowship to undertake research into oncolytic viral gene therapy, which culminated in the award of PhD in 2013.

Following ENT training and research, he completed two Royal College of Surgeons of England accredited fellowships in head and neck surgery, and laryngology (voice / airway / swallowing); forming the basis of his super-specialist interests.

In 2014, Jonathan visited Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to learn minimally-invasive and robotic head and neck surgery from world leaders in the field.

“Making decisions about the best individualised treatment for a patient with head and neck cancer can be challenging. I take pride in guiding patients through this process and making the best choice based on their personal needs.”

Mr Nicholas Kalavrezos, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Head and Neck Surgeon

Nicholas Kalavrezos is a head and neck reconstructive surgeon and the lead clinician in the Head and Neck Centre at UCLH with a background in oral and maxillo-facial surgery. Mr Kalavrezos is also the lead head and neck sarcoma surgeon for the London Sarcoma Service. His clinical practice includes ablative and reconstructive surgery for the head and neck with a special interest in bone sarcomas and functional outcomes following reconstructive surgery. His clinical practice also includes surgical treatment of salivary gland tumours as well as thyroid surgery.

Mr Kalavrezos’ research interests include applications of “tissue engineering” in head and neck reconstruction. He is a founding member of the “Centre for Reconstructive Surgery” at University College London (UCL) where he also holds a senior lecturer post. He is also a member of the “Face Transplant Group” based at the Royal Free Hospital aiming to perform the first face transplant in the UK. He has joint research projects in the Nanotechnology Lab of UCL on “tissue engineered bio-scaffolding” aiming to replace defects of the head and neck (i.e. nose and ears) with tissue-engineered based micro-vascular flap reconstruction.

Nicholas lectures regularly at national and international meetings and holds the position of the secretary general on the Executive Board of the European Association for Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery.

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Mr Colin Liew, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Head and Neck Surgeon

Mr Colin Liew

Mr Liew was appointed consultant oral and maxillofacial head and neck surgeon in 2009. He has a specialist interest in ablative and reconstructive head and neck surgery, salivary gland and skin surgery.

Mr Liew completed training at the London Deanery. He was a fellow of head and neck surgical oncology at West of Scotland Regional Services from 2007-2008.

He is currently chair of the MDT, MDT lead of the head and neck oncology service and tracheostomy services MDT lead. Previously he has been education lead and assigned educational supervisor (2009-2015) and head and neck audit lead (2009-2014).

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Prof Mark McGurk, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Head and Neck Surgeon

Prof Mark McGurk

Professor McGurk’s clinical practice has centred on head and neck cancer surgery and minimally invasive management of salivary gland disease as has his research themes.

He has championed minimally invasive surgery for benign parotid tumours and obstructive salivary gland disorders. This has revolutionised the treatment of salivary gland disease and it is now no longer necessary to routinely remove salivary glands for benign disease. This minimally invasive service is avaiable at UCL (salivary-gland.org.uk).

Professor McGurk has also led a European trial in sentinel node biopsy (SNB) which has led to a 75% reduction in the need for neck dissection for early mouth cancers (first in the UK). His work has changed the practice of head and neck cancer in the UK. The work on SNB has now been recognised by NICE who have advised the test should be avaiable in cancer centres around the UK. Professor McGurk has set up a national training program at UCLH to introduce SNB in UK.

Professor McGurk lectures widely at national and international conferences and runs annual master classes on salivary gland surgery in London, Paris and Erlangen for maxillofacial and ENT consultants.

Mr Richard Millard, Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon

Mr Richard Millard
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Mr Paul O Flynn, Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon

Mr Paul O'Flynn

Mr Paul O’Flynn is a consultant ENT head and neck surgeon at UCLH. After qualifying in 1982 he trained in London and Nottingham before returning to The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in 1993 as a consultant.

His main clinical interests are in head and neck surgery, particularly salivary gland, thyroid and laryngological surgery.

He is an honorary senior lecturer at UCL.

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Mr Zaid Sadiq, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Head and Neck Surgeon

Mr Zaid Sadiq

Mr Sadiq is qualified in both dentistry and medicine. He completed higher surgical training in oral and maxillofacial surgery in London and gained surgical oncology experience at University Hospital Network, Toronto. He completed a head and neck oncology fellowship in Edinburgh and is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Glasgow. Mr Sadiq is an educational supervisor and is an honorary lecturer at University College London (UCL).

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Mr Paul Stimpson, Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon

Mr Paul Stimpson

Mr Stimpson completed his head and neck surgical training in the North Thames region. In addition to high quality experience in London, he undertook a 12 month advanced surgical oncology fellowship in Melbourne, Australia prior to taking up his substantive consultant post at Barts Health in 2014. He is a core member of the Barts Health head and neck multidisciplinary team. He has a special interest in developing minimally invasive techniques for controlling head and neck cancer including transoral robotic surgery (TORS).

In addition to his clinical roles, Paul remains active in research, audit and service improvement projects. He is also a member of the teaching faculty for a number of courses across the UK.

“Across our region we have a great team of specialists who are dedicated to improving the lives of head and neck cancer patients. At UCLH we are in a unique position to provide state of the art surgical care and we strive for excellence in everything we do.”

Mr Francis Vaz, Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon

Mr Francis Vaz

Mr Vaz qualified from the University of London through The United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals in 1994 and has visited institutions around the world to broaden his experience and to bring an international flavour to his practice.

Mr Vaz has published widely on all aspects of ENT surgery and has contributed chapters to major ENT and general medical textbooks. He has received prestigious awards from The Royal College of Surgeons (Lionel College Fellowship) and also The British Association of Head and Neck Surgeons (BAHNO Travelling Fellowship).

“The treatment for head and neck cancer is increasingly individualised for every patient. It is wonderful to work within a team that offers the patient a high level of expertise, to tailor the treatments to the patient, as not all treatments are suitable for every patient.”

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 Oncologists

Dr Dawn Carnell, Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Dr Dawn Carnell

Dr Carnell's particular interests include general ENT and maxillofacial and in particular sinus cancer. Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy, which is one of her current research areas, is in routine use now for head and neck cancer at UCLH, as well as concurrent chemoradiation protocols and the use of molecular targeted treatments. She has a particular interest in sinus tumours e.g. olfactory neuroblastoma, holding a regular joint clinic with Professor Valerie Lund (Professor of Rhinology). She is the principal investigator for the PET-NECK trial looking at the role of early PET scanning to direct post radiation surgery.

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Dr Martin Forster, Consultant Medical Oncologist

Dr Martin Forster

Dr Forster is a UCL Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist at UCLH. He specialises in the management of thoracic and head & neck cancers and is also UCH Chemotherapy Lead. He has a particular interest in drug development, running a broad portfolio of studies. This ranges from first-in-man to registration phase III trials and being Principal Investigator or Chief Investigator for over 30 early and late phase clinical trials since his appointment to UCL in 2009. He is joint Clinical Trials Lead for the Cancer Research UK Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence and collaborates broadly with national and international groups involved in translational research.

Dr Ruheena Mendes, Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Dr Ruheena Mendes
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Dr Anna Thompson, Consultant Oncologist

Dr Anna Thompson
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 Radiologists

Dr Timothy Beale, Consultant Radiologist

Dr Timothy Beale

Dr Beale is a consultant radiologist specialising in head and neck imaging. He is Fellow European Society head and neck radiologists (FESHNR) and was Chairman of the British Society of Head & Neck imaging until 2012. He is a faculty member of the European society of head and neck radiology and a past member of the head and neck scientific subcommittee for the European Congress of Radiology.

Dr Beale’s research interests include head and neck radiology with a particular interest in neck ultrasound, salivary, skull base and sinonasal imaging.

Dr Beale has published over 40 head and neck related papers in peer reviewed journals and provided chapters for several general radiology head and neck textbooks. He is a regular lecturer in the UK and abroad on diverse head and neck imaging topics.

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Dr Simon Morley, Consultant Radiologist

Dr Simon Morley
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Dr Sofia Otero, Consultant Radiologist

Dr Sofia Otero

Sofia Otero is a consultant radiologist specialising in head and neck imaging.

Sofia graduated from the University of Oxford in 2007 and undertook radiology specialist training in London, including at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, The Royal Marsden and The Royal Brompton (obtaining FRCR in 2013) before completing a fellowship in head and neck radiology at UCLH.

Her interests include imaging of head and neck cancer, thyroid and salivary ultrasound, sinonasal imaging, imaging of the middle and inner ear, and core biopsy of soft tissue lumps and lymph nodes.

 Prosthodontists

Dr Mark Barrett, Specialty Doctor in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics

Dr Mark Barrett

Dr Barrett joined the maxillofacial department at UCLH in 1992 working part-time as the dental specialist and prosthodontist for the Head and Neck Centre. He specialises in assessing patients in the pre-surgical and pre-radiotherapy to check for any dental issues and provides any devices required by the surgical team for cancer surgery. He then undertakes the post treatment dental and facial prosthetic reconstructions for head and neck cancer patients.

Mr Nicholas Lewis, Consultant Restorative Dentistry

Mr Nicholas Lewis

Nick Lewis is a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry for the Head and Neck MDT at UCLH. Nick has a specialty interest in the management of head and neck cancer patients for both the pre-assessment and post treatment dental rehabilitation after oncology treatment. Nick is based at the Eastman Dental Hospital and provides all aspects of dental treatment to head and neck patients including the placement and restoration of dental implants to replace missing teeth and the restoration of maxillofacial defects with removable prostheses. Nick is also a Consultant at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford for dental oncology and oral rehabilitation.

 Anaesthetists

Dr Anna Fowler, Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Anna Fowler
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 Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)

Sarah Orr, Lead CNS for Head and Neck Cancer

Sarah Orr

Sarah has been a head and neck CNS for ten years. She is also on the committee of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncology nurses, has been on a NICE guidance group for head and neck cancer and regularly presents at conferences. Sarah established nationally recognised pre-treatment clinics to help manage patient expectations and continues to strive to improve patient experience throughout cancer treatment and beyond.

Sarah is very interested in the psychological impact of a diagnosis of head and neck cancer not just for the patient but for their family and friends. Sarah’s approach to cancer nursing is to care for the whole person, not just the disease and she understands the difficulties that are faced not just at diagnosis, but beyond treatment too.

“It is a privilege to work with head and neck cancer patients who I believe are faced with some of the most difficult treatment regimes. I have high expectations of myself and my team when it comes to patient care which means going the extra mile to sort out whatever needs doing if necessary. Knowing that the work we do makes someone’s life just that little bit easier is what makes me come to work each day.”

Email: Sarah.Orr@uclh.nhs.uk

Tel: 07908 718772

Laura Dilworth, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Head and Neck Cancer

Laura Dilworth

Laura has been part of the Head and Neck CNS Team since April 2016, but has worked on the Head and Neck Surgical Unit at UCLH since 2009 as a staff nurse and most recently as ward sister. She has been nursing for 11 years with the majority of her experience within head and neck surgery in Manchester and London, but has also worked in Intensive Care at Kings College Hospital.

Her interest in head and neck nursing started as a student nurse and has continued throughout her nursing career. She has always enjoyed working within this speciality and hopes to be able to use her experience to guide and support patients throughout their treatment. She has a particular interest in the psychological care of patients and survivorship.

Moheenee Ercolano, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Head and Neck Cancer

Moheenee Ercolano

Moheenee joined the head and neck cancer team as a CNS in November 2015, but has been working at UCLH for several years.

She has broad experience as a nurse, having spent 12 years in intensive care as well as several years in cardiac, medical, gynaecology, radiotherapy and gastro intestinal care.

She has cared for patients with cancer throughout her career and her role now allows her to support patients with head and neck cancers throughout their treatment journey. She works to understand the needs of people as they are affected by cancer and channel this insight to shape all aspects of what she does.

"If I have qualities and strengths I hope that they are an eagerness to learn how to support patients in the best way possible."

Andrew Holroyd, Nurse Practitioner for Head and Neck Cancer

Andrew Holroyd

Andrew supports UCLH head & neck service patients as well as being the Tracheostomy CNS for UCLH.

Andrew is a part of the Head & Neck CNS team and has been on the head and neck unit since its creation in 2004.

“I enjoy the challenge of service development and improving patient outcomes.”

Gabriella Massa, Macmillan Enhanced Recovery Nurse

Gabriella joined UCLH as a Macmillan Enhanced Recovery Nurse within the head and neck team in June 2017. Gabriella has a pivotal role in the newly developed Head and Neck Enhanced Recovery Programme which aims to provide seamless, gold standard care peri-operatively to patients undergoing major head and neck surgery.
 
She helps co-ordinate service provision, providing professional expertise, advice, care and support to those undergoing head and neck cancer surgery and their families. She works across organisational boundaries and act as a link by maintaining ongoing contact with patients in a variety of settings. She is responsible for working with medical and other AHP teams to collect and disseminate patient-centred outcomes; including complications, patient satisfaction and pathway compliance; using a new enhanced recovery app.
 
She also participates in research and education being undertaken in the department, in order to advance clinical excellence in the care this patient cohort. The Enhanced recovery nurse has a vital role to play in ensuring that patients receive the highest standard of care and remain on the pathway where appropriate.

Sian Parker, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Head and Neck Cancer

Sian Parker

Sian studied at London South Bank University and upon qualifying in 2010 took up a post at UCLH as a staff nurse. Looking after both trauma and oncology patients, she gained experience in managing altered airways and caring for patients undergoing major maxillofacial and ear, nose and throat cancer resections and reconstructions. In February 2014, Sian became the deputy sister on the Head and Neck Ward, taking a special interest in teaching junior staff and students, and looking at quality improvement of the patient experience.

Moving to University Hospital of South Manchester in 2014, Sian took up her first Macmillan head and neck clinical nurse specialist (CNS) post with a focus on maxillofacial oncology surgery. Returning to UCLH in January 2015 as a Macmillan head and neck CNS she has expanded into caring for patients undergoing medical oncology treatment as well as those undergoing treatments for Thyroid Cancer.

Sian is passionate about supporting and empowering her patients, and raising awareness of head and neck cancer and its impact.

Denise Redmond, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Head and Neck Cancer

Denise Redmond

Denise is the head and neck CNS at Barts Health and based at Whipps Cross Hospital. She is a local keyworker for patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer in North East London. She works closely with UCLH colleagues for patients having cancer surgery. She specialises in tracheostomy care and has a special interest in palliative care for head and neck patients with complex needs.

 Speech and Language Therapists

Roganie Govender, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist

Roganie Govender

Roganie is a consultant speech and language therapist with expertise in the assessment and rehabilitation of swallowing and communication difficulties in individuals with head and neck cancer. She has both a clinical and research role within the team. Her research work is funded by the National Institute of Health Research. Alongside her clinical work and patient research, she is also involved in teaching and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students. She engages in the development of clinical guidelines and policy work for The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists.

“I enjoy the privilege of being able to work with individual patients in the clinic and to impact the lives of many more patients through research and policy work”.

Email: roganie.govender@uclh.nhs.uk

Samantha Holmes, Macmillan Head and Neck Speech and Language Therapist

Samantha joined UCLH as a Macmillan speech and language therapist within the head and neck team in late 2016, having previously managed a head and neck SLT service in north-west London. Samantha trained in New Zealand, and has worked at a number of London hospitals since 2010, specialising solely in head and neck cancer since 2013. Her current role involves working across the entire head and neck cancer pathway, managing complex clinical issues in speech, swallowing and voice following surgical and oncological treatment for head and neck cancer. Samantha has a particular interest in instrumental assessment of swallowing, including FEES and videofluoroscopy, and surgical voice restoration in laryngectomy.

Mary Lee, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Mary Lee

Mary is a senior specialist speech and language therapist within the head and neck cancer team. Her role involves management of complex clinical issues in voice, speech and swallowing following both surgical and oncological treatment for head and neck cancer. She leads advanced diagnostic clinics in surgical voice restoration following total laryngectomy and instrumental assessment of dysphagia.

Mary is actively involved in research projects within the head and neck team, writing grant submissions, teaching on post graduate programmes and supervision of Master’s level research projects. She has published in peer reviewed journals on the benign disorders of voice, quality of life after total laryngectomy, differences in adjustment across gender in laryngectomees as well as aspects of dysphagia.

"I enjoy the feeling of making a real difference to the patient that comes with this role"

Phone: 02034472137

Email: mary.lee@uclh.nhs.uk

Rachel Sylla, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Rachel Sylla

Rachel joined the team in June 2013 in order to specialise in the assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders related to cancers of the head and neck. She works in both the inpatient and outpatient settings and enjoys her involvement in the entire patient pathway, from pre-treatment to rehabilitation post-treatment.

Rachel’s role involves implementing an outpatient radiotherapy clinic alongside her dietetic colleagues, management of surgical voice restoration following total laryngectomy, supervision of students on their clinical placements, and participation in teaching and departmental audits.

“I am passionate about empowering our patients to make educated decisions regarding their treatment and rehabilitation processes.”

Tel: 020 3447 2138

Email: Rachel.Sylla@uclh.nhs.uk

 Dietitians

Florence Cook, Specialist Dietitian

Florence Cook

Florence graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013. She joined the head and neck team at UCLH in 2014 where her main responsibilities include caring for inpatients on the head and neck ward, attending the MDT clinic, and leading the dietitian-led telephone clinic. In her role Florence ensures excellent nutritional care is focussed around individual needs and is provided to patients across their treatment.

Florence has previously worked in other specialities including Haematology, Upper GI oncology and Stroke medicine/Elderly Care.

Steven Hannah, Senior Specialist Dietitian

Steven graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2002, and has worked in various specialities, including stroke, infectious diseases and nutrition support in intensive care. His main specialist interest is nutrition support in the head and neck population. Steven joined the Head and Neck Cancer Team in 2007. In his role, he uses evidence based practice in the nutritional management of patients with malignancies of the head and neck, and in partnership with the multidisciplinary team (MDT), strives to optimise patient care and quality of life.

Steven leads on the head and neck dietetic pre-treatment clinics, attends the Wednesday MDT head and neck clinic and assists with reviewing patients in the radiotherapy and the dietetic led post treatment clinics when required.

Jessica Harris, Senior Specialist Dietitian

Jessica Harris

Jessica trained to become a dietitian at King’s College London, completing her degree in 2010. She has been part of the dietetic team at UCLH since 2011 and previously worked in the areas of neurology and upper GI oncology before joining the head and neck team.

Jessica leads on the dietetic inpatient service reviewing patients on the wards at UCH where she endeavours to ensure patients receive optimal nutrition during their stay. Jessica also leads on the dietetic led post treatment clinic where she supports those who have completed treatment to maintain and improve their nutritional status.

“I love that my role means I get to work with patients throughout their journey at UCLH. Supporting them to build up their eating and drinking so that a feeding tube is no longer needed is especially rewarding”

Helen Harrison, Senior Specialist Dietitian

Helen Harrison

Helen trained to become a dietitian at London Metropolitan University, completing her degree in 2010. She has been part of the dietetic team at UCLH since 2010 and has had previous experience in adult oncology, paediatrics and bariatric surgery before joining the Head and Neck Team.

Helen leads on the dietetic radiotherapy service, regularly reviewing patients throughout their treatment.

“What I really enjoy about working in radiotherapy is that I get to see patients twice weekly throughout their treatment and so feel I get more of an understanding of the person I’m reviewing and therefore better able to make a difference. I enjoy working with the rest of the team in radiotherapy - we work closely together to get each patient safely through their treatment.”

Harpreet Sohal, Dietetic Assistant

Harpreet Sohal

Harpreet Sohal graduated with MSc Nutrition from King’s College London in 2015. She joined the Head and Neck team at UCLH in 2015, where her main responsibilities involve helping to co-ordinate discharge of patients from hospital that require ongoing tube feeding at home. She also assists in reviewing patients on the wards, in the radiotherapy service and out-patients via our telephone clinic.

 Macmillan Support Worker

 Administration

Zaid Ahmed, MDT Coordinator

Zaid Ahmed

Zaid joined the team in October 2016 having previously worked in the trust as a Pathway Co-ordinator for Cardiology/Medical specialities. Prior to this he worked for Guy’s and St.Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust for a year in the Theatres and Anaesthetics and The Sleep Disorders Centre team. He has a background in acute and emergency medical administration and has efficiently risen up the NHS administration ranks within two years.

Zaid currently works with all internal departments for MDT requests whilst also working with the likes of Barts and the London, Barnet Chase Farm (Royal Free) and Princess Alexandra Hospital for MDT requests as well as the London Cancer Network as a whole – working to strict deadlines and targets, constantly looking for improving and efficiency solutions.

“No two days are the same at the UCLH Head & Neck department and I take great pride and satisfaction in playing such a vital role with helping patients with targeted care, alongside some of the most prestigious and world-renowned specialist surgeons.”

Vicky Hallett, Administration Service Manager

Vicky Hallett

Vicky Hallett has been the administration service manager in the Head & Neck Department since 2011. She has previously managed other surgical specialties including orthopaedics / orthopaedic oncology and day surgery.

Vicky has overseen the amalgamation of surgical cancer services between The Royal London Hospital (Barts Health) and UCLH, as part of London Cancer. Her role now involves co-ordination of the transfer of patient information from all peripheral hospitals of north and north east London to UCLH.

Vicky’s role involves the supervision of a large administration department who coordinate all administrative aspects of care throughout the patient journey from outpatient clinic appointments and diagnostic investigations, through to surgery and subsequent management.