The Leeds Pancreas Unit Specialist Service comprises of a team of health professionals who will be looking after you, known as the multidisciplinary team or MDT. This link 'Who are the Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT)?' will explain each health professional's role in your journey.
The pancreas MDT meet once a week, usually on a Thursday, to discuss the most appropriate treatment for you. A member of the MDT will then discuss the proposed treatment plan with you.
Consultant Pancreatic Surgeons
Mr Andrew Smith - Clinical lead for the Upper Gastro-intestinal and Pancreas Unit here at Leeds. He performs pancreatic and biliary resections for pancreatic diseases and is the Chairman for pancreatic disease within the Yorkshire Cancer Network. He has an active research programme in benign and malignant pancreatic disease and plays an active role in medical education. In addition he has a busy laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery practice and performs advanced laparoscopic surgery for gallstones, abdominal wall hernias and hiatus hernias (reflux disease), and laparoscopic surgery for abdominal pain relief.
Mr Alastair Young -Consultant Pancreatico-biliary Surgeon. Alastair graduated from Edinburgh University in 2002 but moved to Leeds in 2003 where he completed the bulk of his training. He completed a fellowship in Melbourne in liver transplantation and liver and pancreatic surgery before taking up this post in 2018. He has a strong research interest, completing a PhD in molecular aspects of tumour metastasis but more recently has focussed on research to improve treatment decision-making. He enjoys carrying out laparoscopic and open pancreatic, biliary and general surgery. He is lead for the pancreatic cancer MDT and also Clinical Director for the HPB (Hepato-pancreatico-biliary) Cancer Optimal Pathways Group for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance. He sits on the audit committee for the European-African HPB Association and also the communication and publication committee of the International HPB Association.
Mr James Pine - Consultant Pancreatico-biliary Surgeon. James graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004 and completed his higher surgical training in the North East. He returned to Leeds in 2018 for a surgical fellowship. He has an interest in the management of benign and malignant pancreaticobiliary conditions and performs open and laparoscopic pancreaticobiliary and general surgery. He has a research interest in the immune response to cancer in which he completed an MD.
Pancreas Advanced Practitioner
Benjamin Huntly - I have a specialist interest in Pancreatic conditions, general surgery, venous access devices and critical care. My role is to advise, support and treat patients with pancreatic diseases. I work closely with all the Consultants and the multi-disciplinary team seeing patients on the wards, in out-patient clinic and assisting to manage the tertiary acute pancreatitis referral service.
The ward (J82) has a multitude of Professionals caring for you. This includes the Senior Sister, Lauren Walker, who is responsible for the day to day management of the unit, and the nursing team who will be looking after you. There are 4 Junior Sisters who help support the activity on the ward as well as providing exceptional care to our patients. Additional to this there are Staff Nurses, Clinical Support Workers (CSW), Apprentice staff, Student Nurses, Pharmacists, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Specialist Nurses.
HPB Clinical Nurse Specialists Nurses (CNS)
The HPB clinical nurse specialist team support patients and their families affected by pancreatic, liver and biliary cancer. They have excessive knowledge about your cancer and can advise on how you will cope at home, and who is the best person to contact for advise. They work closely with the multi-disciplinary team, surgeons and oncologists. All the members of the HPB cancer nurse specialist team have expertise and experience in assisting patients and their carers with concerns. Every patient is allocated a keyworker who they will deal with but when unavailable other members of the team can help.
The pancreatic dietitians work close with the team to enhance our patient's recovery. They work on the ward as well as in out-patient clinic. Anna Burton, Kelly Wilson and Daniella Talbot are our specialist pancreatic dietitians. They are based at St James’s Hospital, Leeds. They are experienced in helping patients who have developed pancreatic enzyme insufficiency and diabetes as result of pancreatic disease and work closely with other members of the pancreatic MDT (doctors, advanced practitioners, nurses and specialist nurses) to ensure your nutritional state is optimised.
Substance Misuse Specialist
Jon McGowan 'I completed nurse training (Mental Health) in Leeds in 1991 before moving to London to work in acute psychiatry before moving into addictions. The majority of the subsequent years were spent delivering psychosocial interventions within addictions. During 15 years at Leeds Addiction Unit, I worked in shared care with GP's, as a Lecturer Practitioner in the training team affiliated with Leeds University and in the Psychological Therapies team dealing with dual diagnosis (co-existent substance use and mental health problems).
I have worked at St James since October 2016 and deliver interventions to support individuals who have concerns relating to substance use. This includes Motivational Interviewing, Social Behaviour and Network Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Coping Skills'. I work closely with multiple specialities in Hepatology, gastroenterology and the pancreas team delivering care to both in-patient and out-patients.
Specialist Interest Gastroenterology Consultants
Dr Matthew Huggett -is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and HPB Physician at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds. He has a major interest in pancreaticobiliary disease and performs advanced endoscopy including EUS and ERCP. His training involved experience at major centres in London including the Royal Free Hospital, King’s Liver Unit and St Mary’s Hospital; followed by a fellowship in HPB endoscopy at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. His ongoing clinical and research interests include interventional EUS/ERCP, pancreatic neoplasia, chronic pancreatitis, autoimmune pancreatitis and sphincter of oddi dysfunction. He was awarded a PhD from University College London in 2014 following his work into DNA replication in pancreatic cancer. He is involved in training UK and overseas doctors in advanced endoscopy. He was appointed Honorary Secretary of the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 2017.
- Glen Marshal - Matron
- Mr Jeremy Hayden - Clinical Lead for Upper Gastro-intestinal and Pancreas Services
- Penny Barker- Service Manager
- Siobhan Jones - Business Manager