Livewell Southwest Academy
Livewell Southwest Academy

Our Team

Nikki Lodge

Clinical Nurse Trainer

I have worked for Livewell Southwest CIC since 2005 in a nursing capacity and as a district nurse for six years. Prior to that, I worked as a health care assistant on the Orthopaedic Trauma Ward at Derriford Hospital, then went on to complete my adult nurse training. I lead on venepuncture, syringe driver, medicines management and various other clinical training courses.

Qualifications: BSc Honours in Health and Social Care, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Registered General Nurse, Non Medical Prescriber.

Andy Field

Resuscitation Officer

I deliver Resuscitation and Emergency Care training to all health, social care and non-clinical staff within Livewell Southwest CIC and the wider community of Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon.

I joined Livewell Southwest CIC in June 2010. Prior to this I completed 27 years’ service in the Royal Navy and I am still a member of the Royal Naval Reserve.

Qualifications: Qualified Ambulance Technician, Diploma and an Advanced Certificate in Emergency and Primary Healthcare, Advanced Life Support (ALS) Provider, Immediate Life Support (ILS) Provider and Instructor, Paediatric Immediate Life Support (pILS) Provider, Qualified First Aid Instructor, Teaching Qualification in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Home Office registered Prevent trainer.

Dr Deanna Gallichan

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

I have worked as a clinical psychologist within the Plymouth Community Learning Disabilities Team since 2006, and I am currently lead psychologist in this service. I have experience in providing training on the autism spectrum and the Mental Capacity Act. I also have interests in attachment theory, systemic family therapy, and Video Interaction Guidance (VIG).

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Birmingham, 2000); PhD Psychology (University of Birmingham, 2003); Doctorate in Clinical & Community Psycholoy (University of Exeter, 2006). I am also trained to intermediate level in Systemic Family Therapy, am a trained, reliable coder on the Adult Attachment Projective, and am currently working towards becoming a VIG practitioner.

Sarah Meehan

Speech & Language Therapist

I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist as a mature student, having worked as a teacher and on cruise ships before a career change. I have been working within the Learning Disability Team since February 2016 supporting adults with learning disabilities who have additional communication and/or eating and drinking needs. A large part of this role involves working with and training staff teams and carers to support the person with a learning difficulty. Furthermore our team provides communication assessments and eating & drinking assessments to service users with a learning disability. My particular interests are working with adults with dysphagia (eating and drinking difficulties) as well as those with a secondary diagnosis (e.g. Parkinsons, Stroke etc.).

Qualifications: BSc Honours in Speech and Language Therapy, Bachelor of Primary Education. Member of HCPC and RCSLT.

Sarah Middleton

Speech & Language Therapist

I am a Speech & Language Therapist working with the Community Learning Disabilities Team. I have worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism since qualifying as a SLT in 2012. I previously worked in special schools and a day service with adults. I have been with the Community Learning Disability Team since 2014. As a Speech & Language Therapy team we provide communication assessments and eating & drinking assessments to service users with a learning disability. A large part of this role involves working with and training staff teams and carers to support the person. I have a particular interest in the areas of social skills; challenging behaviour and dementia.

Qualifications: BSc Honours in Speech & Language Sciences. Member of HCPC and RCSLT.

David Horswell

Training and Development Advisor

I joined the training team in 2014, having worked within the learning disability service for 11 years. Prior to that, I worked for Devon and Torbay Social Services Learning Disability services for ten years.

Qualifications: Post Graduate Qualification in Aspergers Syndrome / Autistic Spectrum Conditions, BA Honours Degree in Education and Training, Certificate in Education - PCET (Cert Ed), Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate, D32 and D33 Assessors Qualifications, a First Aid Instructors Certificate and an IOSH "Managing safely" certificate, Positive Behaviour Support Coaches programme, Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST) Registered Trainer.

Alison Brewer

Manual Handling Advisor

I have 15 years' experience in teaching Manual Handling in acute and community settings in the South West. I am responsible for the delivery of all Manual Handling training for Livewell Southwest CIC.

Qualifications: Patient Repositioning & Pressure Awareness Training (Drive DeVilbiss), Ethos training by Handicare Moving & Handling; Sit to Stand, Single Handed Care, SWAST – Ambulance & Domiciliary Care, MA Smith Assoc. Foundation Moving & Handling, Moving & Handling of patients who have dementia (RUHB), Benmor Medical – Management of the Plus Size Patient, Diploma in Teaching in The Lifelong Learning Sector, Competency Assessment for Manual Handling, Bariatric Study Day, Clinical Audit Practice, University Module; Competencies for Teaching, Liko Lift License.

Crystal Stean

Training and Development Advisor

I am qualified in the therapeutic management of violence and aggression through the General Services Association (GSA). My background is in sports and exercise science, and I started my career in sport and exercise coaching. After obtaining my degree as a mature student, I have taught these academic subjects in further education colleges, schools and youth services.

Qualifications: Post Graduate Certificate in Education; accredited teacher in Personal, Social and Health Education, teaching qualification in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS), General Services Association (GSA) Tutor Accreditation.

David Dodd

Training and Development Advisor

I deliver Conflict Resolution, Physical Intervention and Breakaway training. My background is in mental health and learning disabilities. I trained as a mental health nurse (RMN) in the early 2000s before gaining accreditation as a General Service Association (GSA) tutor. I have also worked as a nurse in the mental health recovery service within Livewell Southwest CIC.

Qualifications: Registered Mental Health Nurse, General Service Association Tutor, teaching qualification in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS).

Belinda Allis

Training and Development Advisor

I specialise in Child Protection training, while also regularly contributing to the Plymouth Safeguarding Children’s Board (PSCB) Child Protection training. I am also involved in Safeguarding Adults training and help with assessing of The Care Certificate. My background is in health visiting, child protection supervision and previously I worked as nurse advisor for Child Protection in Livewell Southwest CIC's Safeguarding Children team.

Qualifications: BSc Honours in Biological Science, Registered General Nurse, Certificate in Health Visiting, accredited trainer in DASH (Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour Based Violence).

Tracey Owen

Clinical Nurse Training Manager

I have been working within health care since 1993 and was a District Nurse prior to this post. I provide training, advice and support with clinical practice/skills for Livewell Southwest CIC staff, as well as other community organisations. I am the national ear care trainer for the South West and I also lead on various specialities including diabetes, flu and managing a caseload and small team.

Qualifications: Registered General Nurse, BSc Honours in Health and Social Care with Specialist Qualification in District Nursing, Cert Ed. Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification.

Stephanie Nightingale

Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Clinical Lead

I qualified as a Speech & Language Therapist in 2008 and have been working in Plymouth since 2013 as part of the Community Learning Disability Team.

As a Speech & Language Therapy team we provide communication assessments and eating & drinking assessments to service users with a learning disability. I have a particular interest in dysphagia (eating and drinking difficulties) and working with individuals who require communication aids and visuals to support their communication.
A large part of this role involves working with and training staff teams and carers to support the person with a learning disability.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy, Specialist Dysphagia Practitioner. Member of HCPC and RCSLT.

Jonathan Anderson

Primary Care Liaison Nurse

I work with the Community Learning Disabilities Team to support Primary Healthcare professionals to provide equitable healthcare to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Work directly with groups of people with IDD to promote healthy behaviours and choices. Previous job roles include Behavioural Advisor, Staff Nurse, Team Leader and Support Worker.

Qualifications: BSc (Honours) Psychology with Criminal Justice Studies, DipHE Nursing (Learning Disabilities) and PGDip Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Annette Koshti-Richman

Primary Care Liaison Nurse

I trained as a Registered Nurse at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London and initially worked in Trauma and Orthopaedics, before working for Thames Doc/Croy Doc for 10 years. I also set up and ran a support group for parents/carers of children with disabilities/special needs. I joined the Out of Hours District Nursing Team in Plymouth in 2008 and have been a Primary Care Liaison Nurse for the Learning Disability Service since 2018. I have developed a special interest in learning disabilities and have written for nursing journals on health promotion and disability and had a book published in 2017 to highlight the challenges faced when caring for a disabled child. My combined nursing knowledge and being a full time Carer enables me to appreciate the problems faced when accessing services and gives me a passion for my work as a Primary Care Liaison Nurse.

Qualifications: Registered Nurse, Dip HE (Nursing), BSc (Hons) in Health Studies/Nursing, Edexcel NVQ Assessors Qualification, ENB 998

Rebecca Bond

Occupational Therapist

I work as an Occupational Therapist in the Plymouth Community, City Wide, Learning Disability Team. Our work with adults, aged 18 and over, with a diagnosis of learning disability, includes undertaking specialist Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions, including sensory processing assessments and functional assessments. We also undertake group interventions with clients and work closely with carers, families and other disciplines within the team.

Qualifications: MSc Occupational Therapy, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Registered Occupational Therapist (HCPC number OT23488), Sensory Integration Network Training Level 1 & 2, Assessment of Motor and Process Skills trained.

Holly Carpenter

Community Learning Disabilities Nurse

I am a Learning Disability Nurse working for the Plymouth Learning Disability Service. Prior to this I worked in medium and low secure services for people with learning disabilities who had committed crimes. I am currently involved in supporting people with learning disabilities who have mental health issues.

Dr Selina Horsham

Principle Clinical Psychologist

Since qualifying in 2010, I have worked in various contexts supporting people who have a diagnosis, or difficulties associated with Personality Disorder (PD), and with the staff/family/carers supporting them. I currently support people in the community with intellectual disabilities and personality disorder delivering groups and through individual work.

Qualifications: DClinPsy, Certificate in Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT-Practitioner Level) & MBT for ASPD. Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) PD Trainer.

Becky Jewell

Community Mental Health Nurse

I am a registered mental health nurse working within the community learning disability team. I trained at Plymouth University and have worked for Livewell since 2013. Prior to my current role I have worked as an RMN in an acute mental health inpatient unit and a dementia registered nursing home. My role is to provide specialist mental health monitoring, support and treatment to people with a learning disability, who cannot be supported by mainstream community mental health services.

Qualifications: BSc Nursing (Mental Health)

Jane Lewis

Occupational Therapist

I work as an Occupational Therapist in the Plymouth Community, City Wide, Learning Disability Team. Our work with adults, aged 18 and over, with a diagnosis of learning disability, includes undertaking specialist Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions, including sensory processing assessments and functional assessments. We also undertake group interventions with clients and work closely with carers, families and other disciplines within the team.

Qualifications: BA (Joint Hons) Psychology and Management Studies; Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Registered Occupational Therapist (HCPC) OT26420, Sensory Integration Network Training Level 1 & 2, Assessment of Motor and Process Skills trained.

Helen Link

Deputy Mental Health Act Manager

I provide legal and policy advice regarding the use of the Mental Health Act to staff across Livewell Southwest CIC. I am the lead trainer for the Mental Health Act training programme ensuring the programmes are in line with changes in legislation and organisational priorities.

Qualifications: Latin Legum Magister (LLM) Mental Health Law, Policy and Practice, Introductory Diploma in Management.

Andy Maguire

Senior Drug Worker

I am a Senior Drug Worker within the Complex Needs Team for Livewell Southwest CIC. I have been working with people with substance misuse problems for around 22 years, both in Plymouth and Liverpool. I have experience in dual diagnosis work, managing services, group work and residential treatment. I have a special interest in the psychology of addiction and behaviour change and ethics in healthcare. I have been delivering training since 1998.

Qualifications: Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Addiction Studies, A Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Anti Oppressive Counselling Practice, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Management Certificate, City and Guilds Teaching Adults, Motivational Enhancement Therapy.

Liam Newton

Registered Consultant Forensic Psychologist

I work with clients with offending or risk offending histories. In terms of training I am certified trainer of the HCR-20, which is a risk assessment of violence and provide a 2 day training course on this tool. I also provide training around working with clients who present a risk of sexual offending. Lastly I am also KUF trainer, which is the Knowledge Understanding Framework: Personality Disorder awareness 2/3 day training course.

Qualifications: MSc Forensic Psychology and HCPC registered Forensic Psychologist.

Dr Joanne Porter

Clinical Psychologist

I work for Livewell Southwest Community Learning Disability Team. I am the Lead Clinician for Dementia in People with Learning Disabilities in Plymouth. I also work more generally with People with Learning disabilities, specialising in trauma work using EMDR. I have a keen interest in Autism.

Qualifications: BSc Honours in Human Psychology, MSc Forensic Psychology, PGCerts. Adults with Learning Disabilities, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

Deborah Pudner

Infection Prevention & Control Manager

I have worked within healthcare since 1995, where I started off as a Nursing Auxiliary. I have been teaching since 2001, I started off teaching basic and advanced orthopaedic plastering skills.

Qualifications: Diploma in Adult nursing, Degree in Health Studies (Modules: Mentorship, Principles of Infection Prevention and Control, Engaging in Evidence-based Practice and Clinical Effectiveness, Principle of Public Health), City & Guilds Certificate inTeaching Practice for Adult Learners Stage One, Advanced GNVQ in Health and Social Care.

Sharon Smyth

Occupational Therapist

I work as an Occupational Therapist in the Plymouth Community, City Wide, Learning Disability Team. Our work with adults, aged 18 and over, with a diagnosis of learning disability, includes undertaking specialist Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions, including sensory processing assessments and functional assessments. We also undertake group interventions with clients and work closely with carers, families and other disciplines within the team.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Registered Occupational Therapist (HCPC number OT33948), Sensory Integration Network Training Level 1 & 2, Assessment of Motor and Process Skills trained.

Amanda Williams

Mental Health Act Manager

I have been working with Livewell Southwest CIC since 1999 and as the Mental Health Act Manager since 2003. In 2009 I had a secondment with the Department of Health as part of the South West Mental Capacity Act implementation team. As well as working for Livewell Southwest CIC, I also provide training and tutor support to Health and Social Care Foundation Degree students on behalf of Worcester University.

Qualifications: Latin Legum Magister (LLM) Mental Health Law and Policy, Certificate in Training Practice, Prince2 Registered Practitioner, Introductory Diploma in Management. In 2016 I also completed the Leadership Course organised by Plymouth University.

Marie-Helene Arti

Head of Training, Education & Development

My remit is to lead the scoping, design, delivery and evaluation of training, education and development opportunities offered to staff of all disciplines within Livewell Southwest and the wider communities of Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon. I am also responsible for the content development and delivery of training and support offered to external delegates via the Livewell Southwest Academy. My special interests include neonatal care and I am a trained Frenulotomy Practitioner interested in tongue ties and their effects on infant feeding. If you have a development need that you feel we can help with, do not hesitate to get in touch via our contact details.

Qualifications: Registered Nurse and Midwife with a Diploma in Midwifery, Bachelor of Nursing Degree and a Masters in Clinical Education, Resus Council UK ALS (Advanced life Support) provider, NLS (Newborn Life Support) provider and instructor and Generic Instructor Course trainer, clinical educational experience has included multi-disciplinary simulation within recognition of the deteriorating patient and preceptorship support programmes.

Alison Wadley

Training and Development Advisor

I deliver Safeguarding Adults (SGA) training as well as co-delivering Conflict Resolution Training (CRT). I also assist in the assessing of the Standards undertaken by those who have attended the Care Certificate course. I have previously worked in the Risk, Health, Safety and Security department for Livewell Southwest CIC.

Qualifications: Accredited Local Security Management Training, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Professional Trainer Certificate, National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) Certificate, National Examining Board in Supervisory Management, Leadership Clusters Programme, National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) Root Cause Analysis.