Meet the team
Our interstitial lung disease service is managed by a team of respiratory consultants.
Dr Melissa Wickremasinghe, clinical lead, interstitial lung disease
Dr Robina Coker
Dr Katie Ward
Dr Arnab Datta
Dr Raminder Aul
Honorary nurse consultant and senior clinical research fellow
Dr Anne-Marie Russell
Anne-Marie is an honorary nurse consultant in the ILD team, an Imperial Health Charity & NIHR BRC senior clinical research fellow, a senior nurse in the NIHR Research Leader Programme and a research fellow at the Royal Brompton Hospital. Her current projects are focused on exploring the usefulness of patient activation measures in people with interstitial lung disease (ILD) and validation of an ILD-specific patient-reported experience measure (PREM). Her doctoral research developed a patient-reported outcome measure for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF-PRoM© 2018 Imperial Innovations Ltd). The 12-item IPF-PRoM is undergoing further validation in the UK, Ireland, the US and South American IPF populations. It has been translated into Danish, German, Spanish and Portuguese and is incorporated into the Care Information Exchange at the Trust.
Anne-Marie collaborates on studies relating to fibrotic lung conditions and patient-centeredness. She has undertaken service development projects to explore the impact of singing techniques and mindfulness for breath management in patients with ILD. Anne-Marie represents ILD nursing interests at various international committees. She is the author and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications on ILD and regularly conducts peer reviews.
Respiratory clinical nurse specialist
Jennifer runs three nurse-led clinics with a focus on pharmacological management, patient education, symptom management, needs assessment, palliative care introduction and transplant discussion. She conducts two virtual clinics each week, a scheme introduced to reduce the clinic burden on patients. Jennifer has also implemented home visits for patients with more severe interstitial lung disease (ILD) who are no longer able to feasibly get into clinic for appointments. She runs an advice service via telephone and email. Reviewing inpatients is also part of Jennifer’s role. She performs respiratory assessments, devises an agreed plan with the team and looks at oxygen needs.
Jennifer helps to promote awareness and provide education to her peers across London. She also runs a pulmonary fibrosis support group at St Mary’s Hospital and provides education at Sarcoidosis UK support groups as a nurse representative.
Jennifer has a PGradCert in respiratory nursing and in cardiac nursing, She is working towards an MSc in respiratory practice.
Multidisciplinary team coordinator
Ifrah is responsible for managing the multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings so that the team can achieve the national requirements for the ILD service. This includes collecting, storing and submitting the required data for both national and local divisions. Ifrah also assists with management of the electronic referral system (ERS), to make sure that all referrals are vetted and booked within the national referral-to-treatment (RTT) time frame.
Ifrah works closely with the lead service clinician in developing ways to improve the patient’s experience, including assisting with expanding the Care Information Exchange (CIE) which offers patients the option to access their records and results as well as to have direct communication with the service through the online message centre and video conference calls.
Senior respiratory physiologists
Cardiac sarcoid clinic
Clinical nurse specialist
Dr William Svensson
Pulmonary Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (PLCH) clinic
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