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

Mr Jahangir Ahmed, Consultant ENT Head and Neck surgeon

Mr Jahangir Ahmed joins the UCLH head and neck team having been appointed as a consultant in ENT at Bart’s health NHS Trust in 2017.

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Miss Safina Ali, Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon

Safina Ali

Miss Ali is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. Her specialist Ear, Nose & Throat training was in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. She then embarked on two Royal College of Surgeons of England post- CCT Fellowships in Advanced Head & Neck Cancer Surgery at Guys and St Thomas’ and then Charing Cross Hospital. Miss Ali completed a Research Fellowship from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, New York during her training.

After fellowship training she was appointed a consultant ENT/ Head & Neck Surgeon at the Royal London and University College Hospitals in February 2016. Miss Ali is a core member of the head and neck and thyroid cancer MDTs, based between the Royal London and UCL Hospitals. She maintains a busy practice in adult ENT with her sub-specialist interest in head and neck cancer surgery.

“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 Raghav Dwivedi

Mr Dwivedi is a full-time consultant ear, nose, throat (ENT) / head & neck surgeon at the University College London Hospitals (UCLH), London. He is also an honorary clinical associate professor at the University College London. Prior to joining UCLH in 2019 he was a consultant head & neck surgeon at QEUH Glasgow.

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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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Ms Clare Schilling, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon

Ms Schilling is a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon specialising in Head and Neck cancer and reconstructive surgery. She is Honorary Associate Professor of the Head and Neck Academic Centre (HNAC) in the division of surgical and interventional science at University College London.

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Mr Paul Stimpson, Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon

Mr Paul Stimpson

Mr Stimpson has a special interest in benign and malignant conditions of the head and neck region including thyroid and salivary gland disorders.

He completed his higher surgical training in the North Thames region. During this training period he completed placements at major London teaching hospitals including Great Ormond Street, Barts Health, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital and The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital. In addition to his specialist 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 was lead clinician and chairman of the Barts Health Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) for 3 years before moving to UCLH as a substantive consultant in 2019. He is lead clinician for the MDT unification project to improve patient outcomes for H&N cancer in North East and North Central London.

He is is actively involved with research, audit, training and teaching and sits on the education board of the UCL H&N Academy. He is a core member of the UCLH H&N and Thyroid MDT. He is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow.

“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)

Jon Earley, Clinical Nurse Specialist Head and Neck

Jon qualified in 2016 and started work on T6 Head and Neck ward at UCLH . He has specialist surgical experience looking after patients have major complex head and neck cancer surgery. He understands the unique challenges for managing patient with head and neck cancer and is passionate about safe discharge planning following major surgery linking with GP's and district nurses.

Jon joined the Macmillan Head and Neck Team as a CNS in September 2019. As an undergraduate studying politics and education, I took voluntary work in hospital school, which made me realise I got a lot of enjoyment from helping people, so then decided on a career change to nursing.

I went on to do my Adult Nursing post graduate degree in at City London University. Jon's believes main role as a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist is empowering his patients to make informed decisions.

"I have a passion and drive for the Head and Neck Service at UCLH to become a world class centre for this unique service"

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."

Denise Flynn, Lead Macmillan Head and Neck CNS

Denise joined UCLH as the Lead Macmillan Head and Neck CNS in 2019. She has previously worked at Bart's Health as a H&N CNS since 2012.She has extensive experience since qualifying in 2001 working with patients and families diagnosed with head and neck cancer in various settings. Denise has studied at the Royal Marsden and achieved an MSc in Healthcare Practice ( Cancer Care). She is a registered non-medical prescriber (NMP).

Denise has been directly involved in the centralisation of head and neck cancer specialist surgery across the North London and North East London network since 2015 at UCLH.

The aim of centralisation was to improve patient outcomes and the H&N CNS team at UCLH and referring hospitals endeavour to collaborate for seamless continuity of care for patients.

Denise has a special interest in managing patients with altered airways in hospital and in the community to overcome the challenges that they meet. She is a strong advocate for patients and families to empower them to make informed decisions about their own care.

"Head and neck cancer is very unique in the challenges that treatment can impact on a patient and family.  With understanding and empathy I aim to make their cancer  journey more bearable "

Maarja Kikas, Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist

Maarja joined UCLH as the Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist in June 2019. She has previously worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital: on a surgical/oncology head and neck ward and with the Acute Oncology Service team at the Clinical Assessment Unit. Maarja has excellent experience working with patients and their families affected by cancer. 

Maarja has undertaken her masters in Health Policy at Imperial College London.  She is interested in quality improvement and health service delivery within the NHS.  Maarja is also interested in the development of effective health policy and guidelines through improving efficiency, managing economic resources, maximising quality and increasing innovation.

Maarja have been directly involved in the audits within the trust in order to improve the quality of care delivered. Maarja is very passionate ensuring that every patient gets the care that is responsive to their needs.  Moreover, Maarja actively teaches at the UCLH Altered Airway Study Days.

Maarja choose the role of a Head and Neck CNS due to her love supporting patients throughout their most difficult times. Head and Neck cancer treatments are one of the most challenging, toughest and most difficult treatments to get through. Everything from the speech, appearance, swallow and breathing can be affected during and after the treatment. It is important to Maarja that she supports her patients before, during and after their cancer treatment.

“A patient once told me that I never failed to make him laugh, this is something I carry with me every day, with my support, positivity and care I aim to make my patient’s cancer diagnosis and treatment little more bearable.”

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.

 Speech and Language Therapists

Roganie Govender, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist

Roganie Govender

Dr Roganie Govender is a consultant speech and language therapist and a NIHR clinical lecturer. As a clinical-academic she works across UCL and UCLH. She has clinical expertise in the assessment and rehabilitation of swallowing and communication difficulties in individuals with head and neck cancer. Alongside her clinical work and patient research, she is also involved in teaching and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Roganie has published widely in her field and has presented her work internationally. She also engages in the development of clinical guidelines and policy work for The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. Roganie was appointed as an NIHR training advocate for speech and language therapy in November 2019.

“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@nhs.net

Lisa Kyle, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Lisa joined UCLH in 2020 as a speech and language therapist within the head and neck team. Her 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. Lisa has a particular interest in post-surgical management of swallowing and communication, rehabilitation and also surgical voice restoration in laryngectomy.

"I enjoy working in Head and Neck Cancer because it's such a privilege to be able to make a difference to someone’s life"

Email: lisakyle@nhs.net

Jo Lawson, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Jo has had a varied career working in a number of the specialist head and neck cancer centres in London as well as in several countries overseas. She joined the UCLH Head and Neck Cancer team in 2015 and works with patients across the head and neck cancer pathway. She has specialist training in complex management of surgical voice restoration after laryngectomy and instrumental assessment of voice and swallowing. She is particularly interested in developing innovative and more effective programmes of swallowing therapy and voice therapy following head and neck cancer treatment, and providing increased support to patients into their cancer survivorship.

“I love working within a multidisciplinary team, and get huge satisfaction out of finding different ways to support people going through this difficult treatment”

Email: joannalawson@nhs.net

Mary Lee, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Mary Lee

Mary is a senior specialist speech and language therapist clinical lead in 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 swallowing outcomes following total laryngectomy, quality of life after total laryngectomy, differences in adjustment across gender in laryngectomees as well as aspects of dysphagia and voice.

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

Email: mary.lee8@nhs.net

Caitlin Reilly, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Caitlin joined UCLH in April 2018 as a specialist speech and language therapist within the head and neck team. Her role involves working with patients across the entire head and neck cancer pathway for management of complex issues in speech, swallowing and voice post-surgical and oncological treatment for head and neck cancer. This includes surgical voice restoration after laryngectomy, instrumental assessment of swallowing, and supporting patients through the on-treatment radiotherapy clinic as part of the multi-disciplinary team.

“I enjoy building a relationship with our patients and helping them to achieve meaningful goals”  

Email: caitlin.reilly@nhs.net

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 management of complex issues in speech, swallowing and voice post-surgical and oncological treatment for head and neck cancer. She manages surgical voice restoration following total laryngectomy and conducts instrumental assessments of voice and swallow, including VFS, FEES, and VLE, for diagnostic and therapeutic measures. Rachel enjoys supervising junior members of staff, students, and delivering internal and external teaching. Rachel also actively participates in developmental research and audits.

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

 Email: rachel.sylla@nhs.net

Lucy Tenant, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Lucy joined UCLH in February 2018 as a specialist speech and language therapist within the head and neck team. Her role involves assessment and treatment of patients across the entire head and neck cancer pathway. This includes surgical voice restoration following laryngectomy, instrumental assessment of swallowing and voice (FEES and videofluoroscopy), and use of a range of therapeutic tools to manage complex clinical issues in speech, swallowing and voice following surgical and oncological treatment. Additionally, Lucy has enjoyed being increasingly involved in research, teaching and audits at UCH.

“I enjoy exploring new therapeutic tools and approaches available, supported by the evidence available, to achieve the best possible outcomes and fulfil patient’s goals”

 Email: lucy.tennant@nhs.net

 Dietitians

Florence Cook, Senior Specialist Dietitian

Florence Cook

Florence graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013 where she trained to become a dietitian and completed her MSc at University College London in 2019. She joined the head and neck team at UCLH in 2015 and leads the inpatient dietetic service for head and neck oncology, working closely with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure optimal nutritional care is provided during their stay.

Florence sits on the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists council as joint allied health professional representative, and is a committee member of the British Dietetic Association Head and Neck Oncology sub-group.

Brittany Cucchiaro, Senior Specialist Dietitian

Brittany graduated as an accredited practising dietitian from Queensland University of Technology in Australia in 2012. She has been a part of the dietetic team at UCLH since 2018 and has worked in a variety of specialised areas including oncology, haematology, intensive care and gastroenterology. Brittany leads the radiotherapy rehabilitation clinic, which aims to improve patient’s nutritional status post treatment and achieve healthy, long term nutrition goals. In addition, Brittany works with telephone-based outpatient services and inpatients.

Kate Glen, Senior Specialist Dietitian

Kate graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, with BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Dietetics, in 2012. She has since worked as a speciality head and neck dietitian in many hospitals in both Australia and the UK, including the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital (Sydney), Guy's and St Thomas' NHS trust and, from 2019 onwards, University College London Hospital (UCLH).

Kate works with patients in every aspect of the care pathway (diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and survivorship) to help patients achieve the best possible treatment and quality of life outcomes, by achieving their nutritional goals. She has a special interest in enteral feeding tubes, which provide vital nutrition to patients during and after their head and neck cancer treatment. In addition to her full-time clinical work at UCLH, Kate is conducting postgraduate research on nasogastric feeding tubes.

Jessica Harris, Clinical Lead 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 2012 and previously worked in the areas of neurology and upper GI oncology before joining the head and neck team.

“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.”

 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.”