Richard has worked with the team since the inception of the East London Wound Healing Centre. He trained in dermatology at St Stephen’s, St George’s and the Royal London Hospitals with training in lymphoedema and wound care with Professors Peter Mortimer and Irene Leigh. In 1996 he was appointed Consultant Dermatologist at Royal London and Homerton Hospitals and joined Professor Gerry Bennett in the Leg Ulcer clinic at Mile End Hospital which evolved into the present day multidisciplinary wound care clinic. He continues to undertake general dermatology in addition to his wound care work.
Ina began working with the Accelerate team (then part of Tower Hamlets PCT) in 1998 whilst both she and the team were part of the NHS. Ina’s specialism is biomechanics. Before formally joining Accelerate CIC in 2015, she worked in the NHS, developing a biomechanics team and a footwear service. She trained as a podiatrist in her native New Zealand and after working in a multidisciplinary sports clinic treating athletes, children and high risk patients in the two regional hospitals, she worked in Singapore and Hong Kong. Here she was part of the original group of podiatrists who worked with the Department of Health to establish national standards for the podiatry profession. Ina particularly enjoys being involved in innovating care for individuals with biomechanical issues affecting their wounds.
Caitriona O’Neill, Lymphoedema Care Lead Nurse - Team Leader
Caitriona joined the team in 2008 as the new Lymphoedema Service was launching for Tower Hamlets. In 2015 she led on developing the City and Hackney Lymphoedema Service. Catriona trained as a Registered General Nurse at Waterford Regional Hospital in the 1990s before moving to London to pursue a career in palliative care. Out of this developed a keen interest in lymphoedema and particularly around the lack of provision within the UK, and a desire to address this inequity. Catriona uses this passion to encourage East London boroughs that do not have a lymphoedema provision to access Accelerate CIC’s service.
Karen joined Accelerate in January 2017 with over 35 years of nursing experience including Orthopaedic Nursing and Community Nursing. In 2008 she moved in to specialist practice focusing Lymphoedema. Post completing her training and working as the Lymphoedema lead in Mid Essex, and before completing her Degree in Tissue Viability she took a joint lead role as a Tissue Viability Nurse in South West Essex. Over the past four years she has worked in industry as a Chronic Oedema Therapy Specialist with Activa Healthcare where she was able to utilise both her Lymphoedema and Tissue Viability Skills in supporting services throughout the South East through teaching and education.
Karen leads on education and service development within her Wound Care role in Accelerate.