Therapy day – Biographies of the group leaders
Tracey Aked Slack
Tracey is coming from Matlock to assist us with the therapeutic day. She is both a Complementary Therapist and an Independent Ambassador for Tropic skincare.
Tracey became involved with Tropic when she was looking for a non- chemical based skin and body care range after having had breast cancer; and it was Tropic that ticked all of those boxes. She has been working with Tropic for 6 years and is very enthusiastic about the company, its values. and all the positive feedback from customers once they have started using the products.
After 36 years as a nurse with a background in Accident & Emergency, Intensive Care, Health Promotion, Oncology and Palliative Care. Ann retired as a Macmillan Living Well Service Lead Practitioner in December 2017. Latterly, Ann worked at Blythe House where she went on to train as a Reiki Master Practitioner, an Integrative Hypnotherapist and a Mindful Compassion Facilitator. She specialises in facilitating one to one and group programmes for people affected by cancer and other life-limiting conditions, as well as offering training programmes, workshops and courses to a broad range of health and social care professionals. Ann is also one of the co-founders of the Mindful Compassion Partnership (www.themindfulcompassionpartnership.uk) that provides a range of training opportunities in a Mindful Compassion approach to living.
Ann has been working with complementary therapies in supportive in palliative care since the early 1990s. From 2000-2008 she worked as a complementary therapy co-ordinator at St. Ann’s Hospice and then as a senior complementary therapist at The Christie NHS Trust. She has had a major role in developing the Complementary Training Programme at the Christie, and has developed a therapeutic approach called The HEARTS Process. Her latest book, ‘Touch and Relaxation Skills in Cancer Care: The HEARTS Process was published in June this year.
Tim has over 40 year’s experience in working in the NHS and voluntary sectors and 30 years working in cancer care. He has worked as a nurse/management consultant for cancer service reviews and design and has also been and advisor to the Supreme Council of Health for state and care private care providers within Qatar.
Dr Peter Mackereth
As well as being nurse and nurse lecturer, Peter also has an MA in Medical Ethics. He obtained his PhD through completing a project which examined reflexology versus relaxation training for people living with multiple sclerosis. From 2001 -2015, Peter was Clinical Lead for the Complementary Health and Well-being service at The Christie NHS trust in Manchester. He is a widely published author having co-edited 5 books and written numerous papers for professional journals. He has recently completed a research project concerned with promoting breathing techniques for patients with COPD.