Working together to deliver the best care…

Oxford Team

Ginette-Phippen

Ginette Phippen

Clinical Director and Lead Speech and Language Therapist

I am the Clinical Director and responsible for leading the specialist Speech & Language Therapists in Salisbury and Oxford, as part of The Spires Team. We aim to provide high quality advice, assessment and therapy for children with a cleft palate, from birth into adulthood. Research is also an important part of my role.
Marc Swan

MARC SWAN

Consultant Cleft & Plastic Surgeon

I trained as a Plastic Surgeon within the Oxford Deanery and undertook specialist cleft training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and also at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. I undertake the primary surgical management of children referred to the Spires Cleft Centre and help to care for families from antenatal diagnosis to adulthood. My interests also include surgical training and developing world cleft surgery. I am also passionate about research, with a focus on improving aesthetic and functional outcomes in children with orofacial clefts and trans-oral robotic cleft surgery.
NicholaHudson

Nichola Hudson

Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist

I lead a team of clinical nurse specialists across the Spires region. I have both a managerial and clinical role within the team. I also have a strategic role attending professional meetings and quarterly meetings with the other lead nurses in the UK to ensure best practice. Audit and teaching is an essential part of this role.

Jane Sibley

Cleft Lip and Palate Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) provide ongoing specialist advice and support regarding your baby's cleft lip and/or palate, from initial diagnosis to the teenage years. We have expert knowledge in feeding and all other aspects of cleft care. We are available 365 days/year. A CNS will visit you and your newborn within 24 hours of referral to the team.

Tina O'Neill

Cleft Lip and Palate Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) provide ongoing specialist advice and support regarding your baby's cleft lip and/or palate, from initial diagnosis to the teenage years. We have expert knowledge in feeding and all other aspects of cleft care. We are available 365 days/year. A CNS will visit you and your newborn within 24 hours of referral to the team
Emma Waterworth

Emma waterworth

Cleft Lip and Palate Nurse Specialist

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) provide ongoing specialist advice and support regarding your baby's cleft lip and/or palate, from initial diagnosis to the teenage years. We have expert knowledge in feeding and all other aspects of cleft care. We are available 365 days/year. A CNS will visit you and your newborn within 24 hours of referral to the team.

Carrie Luscombe

Principal Speech and Language Therapist

After qualifying, Carrie worked in a mixed adult and paediatric post in Essex. During her time there Carrie worked as a link SLT for the Great Ormond Street Cleft Service based at St Andrew’s in Broomfield. This fuelled her aspiration to work in cleft full time and she came to work for the Oxford Spires Cleft service in 2003. Carrie is the Principal Speech and Language Therapist with the Spires Cleft Centre and the Oxford Craniofacial Unit, based at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include assessment and management of velopharyngeal dysfunction, issues related to speech and quality of life and working with people with 22q11 deletion syndrome and craniofacial conditions.
LucyMcAndrew

Lucy Mcandrew

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

The specialist speech and language therapist is responsible for the assessment, identification, differential diagnosis and management of speech and language disorders. In particular the therapist determines the need for and timing of speech and/or language intervention, the planning and undertaking of therapy, helps determine the relationship of structure to speech, and advises whether the structure needs to be further modified within the context of the multidisciplinary team.

Penny Lennox

Consultant ENT Surgeon

Children born with a cleft palate are at greater risk of middle ear problems, glue ear and hearing loss. My role is to monitor their hearing and treat any ear, nose and throat (ENT) problems that arise, especially in the first few years of life. I also liaise with colleagues in other hospitals to coordinate their ENT care.
Louise Dalton

DR Louise dalton

Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist

I am the Lead Clinical Psychologist for the Spires Cleft Centre. Psychologists have extensive, specialist training in how people develop, think, feel, behave and relate to one another. Our role is to try and minimise the impact that the cleft and any associated treatment has on children and their families' lives. We are usually available at cleft clinics and also see patients for individual outpatient appointments.
MattHotton

dr MATT HOTTON

Clinical Psychologist

Psychologists have extensive, specialist training in how people develop, think, feel, behave and relate to one another. Our role is to try and minimise the impact that the cleft and any associated treatment has on children and their families' lives. We are usually available at cleft clinics and also see patients for individual outpatient appointments.
GilesKidner

Giles Kidner

Consultant Orthodontist

I work as an orthodontist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Oxford University Hospitals, including Oxford Children's Hospital. As part of the the Spires Cleft Lip and Palate Team, I am responsible for treating patients with cleft lip and palate.This includes giving advice to patients who may be undergoing treatment in our "spoke" centres (cleft clinics held in Swindon, Milton Keynes, Reading, Slough and Aylesbury but linked to the Spires Cleft Centre).
SandipPopat

Sandip Popat

Consultant Restorative Dentist

I am involved with the dental health element of cleft care from birth to adulthood. Patients born with a cleft lip/palate often have dental anomalies, usually in the form of missing, misshapen or even sometimes extra teeth (particularly in the cleft site). I work very closely with other orthodontists and surgeons to position the teeth/jaws into the ideal position to facilitate replacement/ reshaping of the teeth to provide a beautiful smile. I am also a specialist in replacing teeth with dentures, bridges and implants.
Paediatrician

DR A IVES

Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

I provide paediatric advice to team members and families where there are complications such as breathing and feeding difficulties. I provide access to all paediatric subspecialties in the Oxford Childen's Hospital and advise on when High Dependency or Intensive Care facilities may be required following surgery.
UshaKini

DR usha kini

Consultant Clinical Geneticist

Some clefts are caused by an alteration in one of the genetic instructions or may be a part of a syndrome. I provide advice on the genetic diagnosis, management and on the reproductive implications of having a cleft.