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Oxford Team Profiles: Clinical nurse specialists

Children born with a cleft lip and / or palate may face multiple health problems. Experience has shown that these problems are best supported by a team of specialists from many disciplines who work together with the family to provide for the social, emotional, psychological and educational needs of the child.

This means that, when you visit us, you may find yourself in a room with lots of clinicians – this is quite normal and nothing to worry about. If you feel uncomfortable with so many people in the room, please don’t be afraid to request that only key members of the team remain.

Nichola Hudson

I lead a team of clinical nurse specialists (CNS) across the Spires Cleft Centre region. I am a qualified children and adult nurse and have a BSc Hons in Child Health Nursing. I have worked in numerous clinical settings in London including being Senior Sister at the Cleft and Craniofacial Unit at Great Ormond Street. […]

Jane Sibley

I trained as a children’s nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital after which I quickly became interested in children affected by cleft.  I have now been a clinical nurse specialist with the Spires Cleft Centre team for more than 20 years. I have a particular interest and specialist knowledge in the use of fetal MRI […]

Tina O’Neill

Clinical nurse specialists 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 […]

Emma Waterworth

Having qualified as a paediatric nurse from King’s College London, I went on to specialise as a neonatal intensive care nurse and, following this, a health visitor. Initially I worked with the South Thames Cleft team in 2002 and moved to the Spires Cleft Centre team in Oxford in 2012, following a relocation to the […]