Our Team

Our Team

The team consists of healthcare professionals (doctors, physiotherapists, administrative staff, dietitians, psychologists), exercise scientists and experts from Public Health.

Prepwell


Professor Gerard Danjoux

“Professor Gerard Danjoux is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Sleep Medicine at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Gerard established the Prepwell programme in 2018 and is overall project lead. He has a clinical and research interest in improving patient health and wellbeing before surgery. He is leading a programme of research with Teesside and Northumbria Universities to develop and test digital solutions to help patients better prepare for surgery.”

Dr Rhiannon Hackett

“Dr Rhiannon Hackett is a consultant anaesthetist at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with an interest in perioperative medicine and prehabilitation for major surgery. She has been a key part of the Prepwell team from the development stage and has delivered clinical elements, including patient recruitment and medical support. Rhiannon will be the clinical lead for the new orthopaedic pathway.”

Esther Carr

“Esther Carr is a Senior Physiotherapist at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is the Project Manager for the Prepwell Project. Prior to this she has worked for a number of years within the Cardiac rehabilitation setting.”

Dr James Durrand

“Dr James Durrand is a specialty trainee in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine and PhD student at Northumbria University department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. His area of interest is in optimising patients’ health prior to major surgery. He has been a key part of the Prepwell team from the development stage and has delivered clinical elements, including patient education throughout the pilot phase of the project.”

Alex Nesbitt

“Alexander Nesbitt is an exercise physiologist at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, working for the Prepwell project. He comes to the project with a background working in exercise referral and community rehabilitation.”

Lauren Simpson

“Lauren Simpson is the Prepwell Assistant at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Lauren provides administrative support to the team in maintaining the data bases and website. She comes to the programme with a background of legal knowledge.”

Dr Joshua Craig

“Dr Joshua Craig was initially the perioperative medicine and anaesthetic research fellow at South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. His role included development of the online resources and information to help guide patients to improve their health preoperatively before major high risk surgery. Josh is interested in patient safety and improving perioperative outcomes, both short and long term.”

Dr Nicola Powley

“Dr Nicola Powley was previously the perioperative medicine and anaesthetic research fellow at South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Her role included development of the online resources and information to help guide patients to improve their health preoperatively before major high risk surgery. Nicola is active in research and interested in how to improve preoperative care.”

Dr Nathan Griffiths

“Dr Nathan Griffiths is the perioperative medicine and anaesthetic research fellow at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has been developing resources for data collection and analysis for the programme and assisting with the production of patient education materials. Nathan is interested in improving the patient pathway and experience, before, during and after surgery.”

Surgical champions


Vascular: Mr Barnabas Green

“Mr Barnabas Green is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at South Tees Hospital Foundation Trust. He has been the Vascular ‘surgical champion’ for the pilot phase and will be continuing to work with the team to further develop the pathway for high-risk patients”

Orthopaedics:  Mr Paul Baker

Mr Paul Baker is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Director of Research and Innovation at South Tees Hospital Foundation Trust. He has been the Orthopaedic ‘surgical champion’ for the pilot phase of Prepwell and will be continuing to work with the team to further develop the pathway for orthopaedic patients”

Upper Gastrointestinal: Mr Rhys Jones

Rhys Jones is a Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon at South Tees Hospitals. He specialises in the care of patients with oesophageal and gastric cancer. He is the surgical champion for general surgery and works to develop the Prepwell pathway for cancer patients.

University Collaborators


Dr Garry Tew

“Dr Garry Tew is an Associate Professor of Exercise and Health Sciences at Northumbria University. Garry has played a key role in developing the exercise training elements of the Prepwell programme, and also in the analysis and reporting of the findings from the pilot project and will continue to be involved in the future development work.”

Dr Joanne Gray

“Dr Joanne Gray is an experienced health economist with special interests in economic evaluation of health and social care interventions and priority setting methods to help underpin commissioning processes. She has led on the health economic evaluation of the pilot and will continue to work in this role as the project develops.”

Dr Leah Avery

“Dr Leah Avery is an Associate Professor in Applied Health Psychology and a practitioner health psychologist from Teesside University. Her work involves the development and evaluation of health behaviour change interventions for prehabilitation and chronic disease management.”