Natalie qualified as a registered nurse in 2005 after 13 years working as a Health Care Assistant and developed a specialist interest in the management of lymphoedema as a community nurse where she trained in the Casley Smith method of MLD. She went on to work at a specialist Lymphoedema Clinic in 2009 where she developed her skills and passion for treating patients with lymphoedema and for delivering training to individuals with a specialist interest in Lymphoedema management, furthering her own development, becoming trained in the Leduc method of MLD. Natalie became a member of the team at Haddenham Healthcare in 2012 where she took on the role as Clinical Advisor, becoming Clinical Manager in 2016 and completing her Master of Science in Lymphoedema Care at during the same year. Natalie now oversees all aspects of clinical training, publications and research and as well as offering clinical support to clinicians globally. Natalie was a trustee for the British Lymphology Society from 2015-2018 and is currently a senior member of the training team at the Lymphoedema Training Academy. She is FG-MLD ® trained and continues her clinical practice privately as Clinical Director at Lymphatic Therapy Solutions and Clinical Nurse Specialist at Oxford Lymphoedema Practice.
Deputy Head of School
University of Central Lancashire
Garry is currently a doctoral researcher undertaking his PhD with a focus upon men diagnosed with non-cancer related lymphoedema. He has presented his initial results from his systematic review and online survey at both national and international conferences. Alongside Garry's research he is works in both the academic and clinical setting. He is the Associate Dean within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Central Lancashire and continues to work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Lymphoedema. He has worked across several sectors, including, public (NHS (National Health Service), private (business) and charitable sector within primary care (community). In recognition of his commitment and passion to primary care he was awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse from the Queen’s Nurse Institute. Garry has authored several articles related to his specialist field and completed an MSc in this area. To this end his remains a passionate advocate for lymphology and the using of research to improve patients' quality of life.
Macmillan Lymphoedema ANP
UHNM NHS Trust
Rebecca is the Macmillan Lymphoedema Advanced Nurse Practitioner at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. She completed an Msc in Lymphoedema in 2012 and is a Leduc and Casley-Smith trained therapist. The service has a paediatric lymphoedema clinic held in Staffordshire Children’s Hospital, a community based service and in 2013 she opened the UKs only Red Legs clinic for patients with leg redness from a cause other than acute cellulitis. This has led to increased awareness of red legs and reduced hospital admissions. The Red legs pathway has been adopted by the British Lymphology Society (BLS) and endorsed by the National Legs Matter campaign.
She is a proud trustee of the BLS and their annual conference organizer (an event which attracts over 400 delegates). Rebecca has authored, developed and published the Society’s first 2 position papers for the application of compression in the absence of ABPI which has been used to underpin the lower limb recommendations of the National Wound Care Strategy and the management of lymphoedema in the presence of Deep Vein Thrombosis. She is also a member of the BLS’ Scientific Committee and the Children with Lymphoedema Special Interest group (BLSCLSIG) as well as being on the editorial board of the Journal of Lymphoedema and the British Journal of Community Nursing’s Chronic Oedema supplement.
Rebecca has won a number of awards including Chronic Oedema Nurse of the Year and BLS awards for innovation and raising awareness of lymphoedema amongst health care professionals.
National Research and Innovation Lymphoedema Specialist
With a background in palliative care, lymphoedema has been a focal point in my nursing career for the last 33 years.
Having set up numerous clinics within the NHS, I have laterly established Kendal Lymphology Centre (KLC) - an independent clinic, providing NHS care for 2 Health authorities. We have seen over 4500 patients since it opened in 2005 and see patients suffering from all types of lymphoedema, lipoedema and children if necessary.
Receiving numerous awards over the years, the Chronic Oedema Nurse of the year award in 2019 was very special – as was the rating of “outstanding” following the recent Care Quality Commission inspection.
I have also written work for publication – the latest in conjunction with the Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN) entitled “Your Lymphoedema – taking back control”. Providing training and education is also important to me locally, nationally and internationally – Kenya particularly, educating Health Care Professionals to manage breast cancer related lymphoedema.
More information about our service can be found on our website: www.kendal-lymphology.co.uk
Dr Rhian Noble-Jones
National Lymphoedema Researcher
Lymphoedema Wales Clinical Network
Dr Rhian Noble-Jones has recently been awarded the prestigious BLS Outstanding Contribution to Lymphoedema Award after over three decades of work in the lymphoedema field. She has taught and presented internationally and is one of very few in the UK who can examine others at PhD level on the topic. Rhian specifically started researching and raising awareness of genital oedema 12 years ago working with patients, lymphoedema specialists, urologists, oncologists and surgeons to develop a male and female genital self-report form. That simple form has gone on to be translated to numerous languages and is regularly used across the lymphoedema world.
Dr Kristiana Gordon
Consultant in Dermatology and Lymphovascular Medicine
St George’s Hospital
Dr Kristiana Gordon is a Consultant in Dermatology & Lymphovascular Medicine. She is Clinical Lead of the Lymphoedema Service at St George’s Hospital in London, where her team cares for thousands of patients with lymphoedema and lipoedema. She is also a Foeldi-certified lymphoedema therapist.
Dr Gordon has completed her doctorate in the genetics of primary lymphoedema and imaging of the lymphatic system. She continues to pursue her research interests within the rapidly developing field of lymphovascular medicine and lipoedema.
Lymphoedema Specialist/ University Lecturer
Strathcarron Hospice/University of Glasgow
My clinical role is as a Lymphoedema Specialist in an out-patient clinic which is housed in a Hospice in Central Scotland where I have been based for nearly 20 years. I provide leadership for the lymphoedema service for the health board, which includes the support and management for anyone living with lipoedema and lymphoedema of any cause as well as service development and education.
My other role is as a part time lecturer at University of Glasgow where I am programme lead on the Graduate and Postgraduate Specialist Lymphoedema programmes offering accredited education from keyworker to specialist level along with an online introductory course. I am very proud to be Co – Vice Chair of the British Lymphoedema Society as well as being a very active member of the Scottish Lymphoedema Practitioners Network and a teacher with Casley Smith Lymphoedema Education UK.
My special interests lie in supporting a rehabilitative approach to these long term conditions including promoting supported self management and tailoring individual treatment through goal setting. We have developed a strong patient support group locally who are consulted in any service development or new project for their views. I am passionate about involving our patients in decisions and actively in our management plans as well as providing timely information and education to all health care professionals to enable a better understanding of lymphoedema and lipoedema.
Colchester Holistic Health Clinic
Gill Drew-Griffiths is a Specialist Physiotherapist with expertise in oncology and palliative care and experienced Lymphoedema Clinician. Having worked in hospice care for many years, she now works in private practice running Colchester Holistic Health Clinic. Gill has a background of teaching Design and Ergonomics, a Masters in Acupuncture and guest lectures at Essex and Kingston Universities.
Lymphoedema Physiotherapist/BLS Editor
Christie Hospital/British Lymphology Society
Cheryl qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990 and has worked in the field of Lymphology since 1998. She completed her specialist lymphoedema training at Kings College, London with Eunice Jeffs and is trained in the Casley Smith method of MLD and FG-MLD.
Cheryl has worked in a variety of settings including community and hospices. She currently works at The Christie in Manchester and is a certified trainer for the Lymphoedema Training Academy and a Clinical Trainer at Haddenham Healthcare.
Cheryl joined BLS in 1998 and has been a member of the BLS Committee in two episodes, firstly, from October 2003 to October 2005, and was re-elected in October 2010 –to date. She is a co-opted member of the Board, holding the position of BLS Newsletter Editor.
Leg and Foot Practitioner
Healthy Legs & Feet
Qualified as an Enrolled Nurse in 1991 and became a Registered General Nurse in 2000. To be able to share my passion for tissue viability, I studied Chronic Wound Management including Lower Limb Conditions, obtained Further & Adult Education Teaching Certificates, and became an NVQ assessor. Worked at Hinchingbrooke and Papworth hospitals before community nursing in Cambridgeshire. Worked in Orkney for 12 years as remote-rural, emergency and islands relief nurse, then in Nottinghamshire including leg wound clinics. Completed Foot Health Practitioner training in 2021 and became self-employed in 2022 to enable folk with long-term lower limb conditions to feel comfortable, and to champion them to self care within their individual abilities and at their own pace. I have travelled to work by foot, bicycle, van, motorcycle, 3-wheel and 4 wheel cars, campervan, train, boat and plane.
Pryscilla Correia Borrajo
Lymphoedema Specialist Physiotherapist
Norwich Lymphoedema Service
Graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2007 and Women’s Health Specialist in 2008 both in Brazil. I was working as a placement supervisor in Brazil when decided to move to the UK in 2012. Since then, I completed a Master’s in Clinical Research at UEA, worked in the Women’s Health Physio Team at the James Paget Hospital, and now in the Norwich Lymphoedema Team. I am passionate about helping people, my team, family, and friends. In my life, I have crazy love for my husband Leo and my dog Churros. You will always find me walking and singing.
Community Lymphoedema Specialist Nurse
British Lymphology Society
I qualified as a nurse in 1989 and have experience in infectious diseases, oncology, disabilities and community nursing. I joined the British Lymphology Society in 2009. I completed the Graduate Certificate in Lymphoedema Management and Casley Smith Manual Lymphatic Drainage at the University of Glasgow in 2010. In 2011 I gained the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber qualification which helps provide seamless lymphoedema care and management for patients. I am a shared team lead for Bath and North East Sommerset community Lymphoedema Service.
I find the treatment of Lymphoedema endlessly fascinating and I love to work with patients to improve their quality of life and help them manage their condition.
With the help of my husband, we have designed a software tool to help speed up the calculation process for practitioners when measuring limb volumes. This is owned by the British Lymphology Society and is made available to society members for their use.
Consultant Therapeutic Radiographer
Nottingham university Hospitals NHS Trust
In 2013 Emma, a Macmillan Consultant Therapeutic Radiographer at The Nottingham Radiotherapy Centre developed and now leads the award winning Macmillan Nottingham Radiotherapy Late Effects Clinic. This bespoke service, the first of its kind within the UK helps patients with any physical or psychological late effect that patients may have as a consequence from their treatment.
In 2019 she developed the service further to include the follow up of head and neck radiotherapy patients using patient reported outcome measures and digital technology and it is here where Emma helps to provide rehabilitation, identify early lymphoedema and other late effects with the intention of providing help and support before these consequences have a negative impact on the patient’s quality of life.
Emma is also an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield University providing education and expert clinical guidance on late effects, personalised care and living with and beyond cancer.
Offering a holistic approach, helping patients live well with and beyond cancer and education on late effects to both patients and health professionals is Emma’s key focus and area if interest.