Mr Mark Cartmell – Lead Colorectal Consultant Surgeon
Mrs Katie Cross – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Miss Ceri Beaton, Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon
Dr Jenny MacPherson – Consultant Radiologist
Dr Alexander Moran – Lead for Bowel Cancer Screening locally / Lead Clinician for the Endoscopy Unit
Dr Mark Napier – Medical oncology
Mr Anjum Arain – Locum Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Dr Melanie Osborne – Consultant Clinical Oncologist
Alison Ravenhill – Medical Secretary to Mr Anjum Arain – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Miss Ceri Beaton Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Amanda Roberts – Medical Secretary to Mrs Katie Cross – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Danielle Dawson – Medical Secretary to Mr Mark Cartmell – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
MBBS,MA, MD, DTM&H, FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Gen)
Consultant Surgeon and Coloproctologist
Lead Clinician for Colorectal Surgery
Following his undergraduate training at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Kings College Hospital, London his junior surgical training was in London and the South West. His research Doctorate in Plymouth and his senior surgical training has been conducted primarily in Trusts in the South West. His sub speciality Colorectal training included Bristol Royal Infirmary with Paul Durdey, Mike Thomas and Paul Sylvester. North Bristol, including laparoscopic training with Tony Dixon and a laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship at the Basingstoke Colorectal Unit and Pelican Centre with Tom Cecil, Brendan Moran and Professor Bill Heald. This Unit was where the TME operation for rectal cancer originated and has since become the base of the National TME-Multidisciplinary team training. It is also where the UKs Laparoscopic Colorectal Clinical Immersion training course began, which Mark was integrally involved in setting up.
Mark has completed research and published work from various areas of surgery including general topics, pancreatology, paediatrics and of course, laparoscopic/colorectal work. He is the Trust Director of Research. He is a trainer with the National Training Programme in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery (Lapco). He is a member of the Association of Colo-proctolgy of Great Britain and Ireland, the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and the European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons.
Mrs Katie Cross qualified in 1994 from St Thomas’s Hospital in London. She trained in General surgery through St Georges Hospital Tooting and Bristol Royal Infirmary. She undertook research into the effect of Epidural on the colon at University of Bristol. As a Specialist Registrar she rotated throughout almost all the hospitals in the southwest. She gained Laparoscopic experience at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol by one of the country’s leading laparoscopic surgeons and took part in LAPCO, the national laparoscopic training programme. She specialises in bowel cancer offering all open and laparoscopic surgery tailored to the patient’s needs. She has an interest in benign anal conditions such as anal fissures, fistulas and haemorrhoids offering stapled haemorrhoidectomy. As Lead for all Cancer services for North Devon District Hospital, she is greatly involved in optimising patient care at all levels.
Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon
Ceri Beaton is a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon. She manages patients with bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and diverticular disease, offering both open and laparoscopic surgery, as well as treating anorectal disorders such as haemorrhoids, fistulas and fissures and general conditions such as hernias.
Ceri initially trained at the University of Nottingham Medical School, before working as a junior doctor in Taunton, Derby and South Wales. She then completed her registrar training in South Wales working in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport and participated in the Welsh Colorectal Laparoscopic training scheme. Ceri then undertook a fellowship at St Mark’s Hospital, a national and international referral centre for intestinal and colorectal disorders. Working with Professor John Northover, Professor Robin Phillips and Ms Carolynne Vaizey she gained experience in the management of complex colorectal cancer, complex perianal fistulas and intestinal failure.
She has undertaken research and published articles concerning the management of early colorectal cancer, the management of complex colorectal cancer, the management of gastrointestinal lymphoma and has an interest in the training of junior surgeons.
Dr Jenny MacPherson trained in Radiology in Southampton and graduated from Manchester Medical School. Her specialist interest is in abdominal imaging.
Dr Alex Moran qualified from the Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol in 1984. He worked as a Senior Registrar/Lecturer, Bristol Royal Infirmary 1994-6 and undertook a Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham1991-4. As a medical registrar he rotated through posts in Birmingham 1988-91 and held posts in the London area and South-West. He is the North Devon lead for Bowel Screening and clinical lead for the Endoscopy Unit. His specialist interests are in Colorectal diseases, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and Acid peptic disorders. His research interests are in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Endoscopic procedures, Iron deficiency anaemia, Dyspepsia, Colorectal cancer diagnosis and screening.
Consultant Medical Oncologist
Dr Mark Napier qualified in 1988, his specialist areas are gastrointestinal oncology, lung cancer, breast cancer and gynaecological oncology with specialist interests in Colorectal Oncology and Sarcoma.
Consultant Clinical Oncologist
Mr Anjum Arain qualified from Medical College Karachi, Pakistan and did his post-graduation in Dublin Republic of Ireland and trained in the south west region of the country. He joined North Devon District Hospital in 2007 where he takes an active part in general and colorectal surgery. He has also taken part in Lapco, the National Laparoscopic Training Programme. He specialises in bowel cancer offering open and laparoscopic surgery tailored to the patient’s needs. He also has an interest in laparoscopic groin hernia repairs apart from the colorectal cancer surgery, and also benign anal conditions such as anal fissure, fistulae, haemorrhoids offering stapled haemorrhoidectomy, B banding of haemorrhoids and doppler guided haemorrhoidal artery ligation (DGHAL), camera test examinations of the bowel in the form of colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopies.
As a team member of the colorectal department he offers general and colorectal surgery together with laparoscopic hernia repair and gallbladder surgery.
Registered General Nurse (RGN), ENB 998 (Teaching and Assessing Certificate), ENB 980 (Principles in Stoma Care), ENB 216 (Principles of Stoma Management), RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills, Diploma In Health Care Studies, MSc Integrated Health.
Karen qualified in 1993 at North Devon District Hospital and was appointed as a staff nurse in Gynaecology/General Surgery. Having studied on two stoma care courses, Karen was appointed to the Stoma/Breast Care Nurse post in 1996. Having attained the Diploma in Health Care, Karen was promoted to the post of Colorectal/Stoma Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2006, and studied for her Masters Degree. Karen set up nurse-led clinics for colorectal cancer follow up in 2010. Her professional interests include patients expectations of cancer follow up and holding regular patient coffee mornings to discuss service improvements.
Caroline Smith (Caz) RGN – Colorectal/Stoma Care Nurse
Registered General Nurse (RGN) 1999, ENB 980 (Principles in Stoma Care), (ILM) VRQ Certificate in Team leading, A1 Vocational Assessors award, HEA369 Mentorship, City and Guilds 3707 (The further and adult education teaching certificate).
Caz qualified in 1999 at North Devon District Hospital and was appointed as a staff nurse in General Surgery whilst continuing to study. In 2001 she obtained a secondment to Community Nursing at a GP practice in North Devon for 6 months. In August 2007, following maternity leave Caz was appointed as a Stoma Care Nurse at North Devon District Hospital. Her special professional interest is the education of other healthcare professionals, patients and their families.
Registered General Nurse (RGN) 2002, Diploma in Nursing (Adult), Teaching and Assessing in practice BSC Hons, NURC 309 Specialist Cancer Care, Principles of GI Nursing HEAC 372.
Denise qualified in 2002 through the University of Plymouth and was appointed as a staff nurse in stroke rehabilitation at North Devon District Hospital. In 2004 Denise worked in General Medicine at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol and then relocated back to the North Devon District Hospital working on a General Surgical ward whilst continuing to study. In 2009 Denise was successful in obtaining a six month secondment as a Stoma Care Nurse before travelling for six months. She returned to a permanent post in the Colorectal and Stoma Care Department, where her hours were increased to incorporate support for the Colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialist. Her special professional interests include the development of competencies for healthcare professionals and support for patients undergoing treatments for colorectal cancer.
Registered General Nurse (RGN), BSc (hons), ENB 998 (Teaching and Assessing Certificate), A1 Assessors Award, HEA 276 (the Practice and Principles of Infection Control, NURC309 (Specialist Cancer Care Course), Foundations in Stoma Care.
Teresa qualified in 1991 at Poole General Hospital. In 1992 she was appointed as a staff nurse in surgical paediatrics in a British Military Hospital in Germany. In 1994 Teresa worked as an agency nurse at Frimley Park Hospital and Maidstone General Hospital and in 1998 appointed as a staff nurse in general surgery at North Devon District Hospital. In September 2011 Teresa was appointed as a Stoma Care Nurse. She is currently studying towards the HEAC372 Gastro Intestinal Nursing Course and Degree in Health Studies.
Registered General Nurse (RGN), BSc (Hons) Health Studies, ENB 998 (Teaching and Assessing Certificate), ENB 980 (Principles in Stoma Care), HEAC 332 (Care of the Critically Ill Adult), HEAB 394 (Evidence Based Practice), HEAB 396 (Diabetes Mellitus), NURC 309 (Specialist Cancer Care).
Jo qualified in 1997 through the University of Plymouth and was appointed as a staff nurse in General Surgery at the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. In 2013 Jo was successful in obtaining a 10 month secondment as a Stoma Care Nurse covering maternity leave, later the same year this position was made permanent. Her professional interests include oncology and patient support groups.
Kelly has worked as the colorectal secretary since 2007. Kelly is responsible for co-ordinating the Colorectal CNS and the Stoma Care Nurses. Kelly organises the day-to-day running of the colorectal department and will often be your first point of contact when you telephone the department. Kelly will endeavour to ensure that your clinic appointments are organised satisfactorily and telephone messages are relayed to the most appropriate person.
Sue has worked as the Colorectal MDT Co-ordinator since 2006 and worked within Medical Records for four years prior to this. Sue is responsible for tracking the cancer patients journey to ensure that each patient is seen, investigated, diagnosed and treated in accordance with the Department of Health Standards and cancer waiting time targets. She is also responsible for co-ordinating the Colorectal MDT (colorectal multidisciplinary meeting) and recording cancer data for audit purposes.
Alison Ravenhill – Medical Secretary to Mr Anjum Arain – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Miss Ceri Beaton – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Alison has worked at NDDH since 1993, but joined the colorectal team from Paediatrics in 2007. Her job is to provide secretarial support to the consultant and to act as a point of contact for patients for any queries/concerns regarding their care or treatment.
Amanda moved from Buckinghamshire to North Devon in June 2009 having worked for Community Paediatricians for 6 years and a Clinical Research organisation for 2 years. Her job is to organise the schedule of the Consultant Surgeon as well as be a main point of contact for the patients and departments both inside and outside of the Trust.
Danielle has worked at NDDH since 2001 but started working for Mr Cartmell in 2007 after completing the BSMS Certificate in Medical Secretarial Studies. Her job is to provide secretarial support to Mr Cartmell as well as being the main point of contact for patients and departments who have any queries regarding each patient’s care and pathway.