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The Pepperell Education Centre Team

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Bridget Moss - Head of Education
Bridget qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988 at The London Hospital (now referred to as the Royal London), alongside obtaining a BSc in Social Science and Administration at London University. A ‘degree nurse’ was a rare species then! Her experience includes a range of specialties such as oncology, hematology, HIV/AIDS and palliative and end of life care in hospital, community and hospice settings across London and Essex. Bridget has also worked in a variety of roles, including many years as a clinical nurse specialist.

Bridget has always had education at the heart of everything she does, and takes an interest in varying approaches to teaching and learning. Bridget has worked in palliative and end of life care education since 2003 and completed her MSc (Hons) Clinical Education at Edge Hill University in 2008. Responsibilities have included senior management, especially within the Hospice sector, and leading on strategic developments in education.

Bridget has published and contributed to papers, book chapters and publications notably around Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) issues at the end of life. Her interests also include the role of education in organisational development and the impact of national policy on the care provided within the context of increasing need. Bridget is also the current Chair of the National Association of Palliative Care Educators and is involved in the National Hospice Education Collaborative.

Bridget’s hobbies include family time, walking her dog Digby and a very enthusiastic regard for Jazzercise which she instructs 3 times a week!

Claude Chidiac, lecturer in palliative care at the Pepperell Education Centre
Claude Chidiac - Lecturer

Claude Chidiac graduated from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon with a BSc in Nursing. He completed an MSc in Palliative Care Clinical Practice at University College Dublin, Ireland. He obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education from King’s College London, UK and subsequently became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Palliative Care at Lancaster University, UK. Claude has assumed a variety of clinical roles in acute (medical, surgical, and oncology), hospice, and community settings in Lebanon, Ireland, and UK.

Claude is a Lecturer in Palliative Care at Saint Francis Hospice. He is also the founder and course director of the MSc Palliative and End of Life Care at London South Bank University. His role involves designing, developing, coordinating, and delivering education programmes for health and social care professionals; including specialist BSc/MSc modules and courses in Palliative Care in collaboration with London South Bank University.


Claude’s research interests are: end of life care for marginalized populations; sexuality and life-limiting illnesses; symptom management, and needs of people with dementia at the end of life.  

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Shanthini Avorgbedor - Lecturer
Shanthini completed her BSc in Nursing in India. She has worked in different capacities as staff nurse, Clinical Instructor and Nursing Tutor in India and Sri Lanka. When she came to the UK, she started as Staff nurse in a care home and quickly became the team leader. She completed her MSc in Palliative Care and worked in a palliative care setting as a charge nurse and later became a Clinical Nurse Specialist in an acute hospital before coming to Saint Francis Hospice. Shanthini currently is working full time as a lecturer in Palliative Care at the Pepperell Education Centre at Saint Francis Hospice and a Honorary Lecturer at London South Bank University. She is very passionate about palliative care and has a special interest in care homes and people with dementia.

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Isabel Richmond - Practice Development Nurse Lecturer

Isabel qualified as a Registered General Nurse from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1989. Following this her clinical practice included haematology/ oncology, general surgery and voluntary work abroad, before undertaking a Diploma in Cancer Nursing at the Royal Marsden Hospital in 1994. Isabel then moved into Specialist Palliative Care working within hospice and hospital settings, spending a number of years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in palliative care in acute care. During this time she completed a BSc in Palliative Care.

In 2013 Isabel moved into palliative care education, completing an MSc in Medical and Healthcare Education in 2017. Disseminating the message of palliative and end of life care to health and social care colleagues has always been an important part of her practice so moving into education enabled her to pursue this. Specific areas of interest are the concept of personhood, spirituality, homelessness and communication skills.

Outside of work as well as spending time with family and friends, Isabel enjoys gardening and being outdoors in the countryside.
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Our Events Team
The Education Events Team is Sally Crawley and Elaine Middleditch.

Sally will book your event and liaise with you, welcome you on the day, providing support throughout to ensure your event runs smoothly.

Elaine can be found in the refreshment area looking after your catering requirements during your all-important lunch break.

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Our admin team
Jan and Nancy provide administrative support to the Education Centre. They will support you with your course application, manage the bookings of all study days, provide marketing for our prospectus and tackle invoices and all other financial tasks. 
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Alan Mason - Training Development Lead
Alan's role is to develop, improve and monitor the Hospice’s eLearning training, to help provide a simple, easy, quick, efficient and professional way to deliver key parts of our training programme, both internally and externally. He has had many years involvement in various aspects of training, project and change management and is passionate about making the most of everyone’s potential through training and education. Alan also loves classic cars, which is why he organises Frankie’s Classic Car & Bike Fest for Saint Francis Hospice.   
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Lorraine Cheek
Lorraine has worked as Library Services Co-ordinator at Saint Francis Hospice for over 10 years.  

She studied for her BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences whilst working full time, and is particularly understanding and supportive of our students.   

She is passionately interested in hospice and palliative care and is delighted to provide a welcoming comprehensive information centre for all.