Profiles

We are pleased to introduce you to our team at The Woodthorpe Partnership and provide further information about each member below:

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Dr Jacqueline Hussey BSc (Hons) MB BCh MRCPsych

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Jacqueline Hussey has a BSc (Hons) Physiology and graduated at Cardiff University in 1983. She then read medicine at the University of Wales, College of Medicine and qualified with distinctions in Physiology and Psychiatry in 1988. She obtained MRCPsych qualification in 1993.

She worked as a Consultant in Older People’s Mental Health in Reading from 2001 until 2005 and then moved to Wokingham. She is the lead for the Memory Clinic in Wokingham which has recently been accredited with excellence by the Memory Services National Accreditation Programme.

She has been very active in development of services for older people with mental health problems and people with dementia, setting up Memory Clinics and Home Treatment Teams. She also has a special interest in developing services for people who develop dementia younger than 65 years of age. She started the Young People with Dementia Forum in 2004 at a time when there were very few services available for patients and carers of younger age.  Locally in Wokingham, her team has started new enterprises including a website, psycho-education groups for patients and carers and a referral pathway which has led to earlier diagnosis and management.

She helped set up and chairs the charity, Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire). The charity has its own “Harmony” choir for younger people with dementia and their relatives, and runs workshops such as gardening, furniture restoration, art and photography, watersports and a running club.

She trained with the Reader Organisation and runs Shared Reading groups for people with dementia and depression.

She is a Regional Advisor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

She has two publications in peer reviewed journals:

Hussey J, Kay M, Stewart A. Years in the Making. The Journal of Dementia Care. 2013. Vol. 21. No. 3, pp 18-19.

Hewitt P, Watts C, Hussey J, Power K, Williams T. Does A Structured Gardening Programme Improve Well-Being In Young-Onset Dementia? A preliminary study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2013. Vol. 75. No. 3. pp 355-361.

She is co-author of 2 reminiscence books for younger people with dementia which were published in 2013.

Outside of work she enjoys family life, reading, running, football and cricket.

Dr Nicholas Woodthorpe BSc (Hons) MBBS MBA MRCPsych

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Nicholas Woodthorpe studied for a BSc (Hons) Management with Economics and graduated at Royal Holloway, University of London in 1995. He then read medicine at University College London and qualified in 2000. He initially trained to be a GP and then specialised in psychiatry in 2004. He obtained his MRCPsych in 2007 and then did an MBA (Health Executive) at Keele University part-time, which he completed in 2010.

He started as a Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults in 2010 and worked in Bath, Maidenhead and Wells before commencing in Wokingham in 2012 and works alongside Dr Hussey.

He has a particular interest in dementia, depression, anxiety and psychosis. He is also passionate about quality in healthcare and patient safety. As part of his MBA he wrote a dissertation entitled “Do psychiatrists learn from quality failures in the NHS?” He is also a Principal Investigator in Berkshire for the Minocycline in Alzheimer’s Disease Efficacy (MADE) Trial.

He has two publications in peer reviewed journals:

Woodthorpe N, Bakhsh E, Paton C. Quality and patient safety in mental health. British Journal of Healthcare Management. 2013. Vol. 19. No. 8. pp 383-390.

Parry M, Woodthorpe N, Gunawardena P. Changing futures: premature discharges of alcohol or opioid detoxification in-patients, service improvement. The Psychiatrist. 2010. Vol. 34. pp 200-203.

He is Chairman of the Local Negotiation Committee at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He also has an interest in medical politics.

Outside of work he was Chairman of Henley-on-Thames Round Table from 2014-15 and enjoys cricket, badminton and football.

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Caroline Blanchette

Practice Manager

Caroline Blanchette is a former HR Director and Director, working within the fields of construction, engineering and the third sector.  She has gained extensive employment law, coaching, mediation and administrative experience during this period.

She then joined the NHS working within a mental health team.  During this time she became aware of young onset dementia and the lack of services available.  She was one of the driving forces in setting up the charity Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire), which provides much needed respite to those with young onset dementia and their carers (www.ypwd.info). She was previously Joint Chair of Trustees.

Her career progressed within the NHS and she undertook an HR role in Medical Staffing before returning to work in the charity she helped to set up in the role of Business Support Manager.

She is co-author of 2 reminiscence books for younger people with dementia, which were published in 2013.

Outside of work she enjoys reading, open water swimming, walking and spending time with her family.

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