Our Guest Speakers

Jonathan Beebee

Jonathan Beebee

Jonathan is a Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities. He is the Royal College of Nursing’s Professional Lead in Learning Disabilities and Chief Enablement Officer/Nurse Consultant for PBS4, a social care provider that supports people who display challenging behaviours, including offending behaviours.

Jonathan has previously worked in a secure forensic CAMHS hospital, a Youth Offending Team, and run adapted sex offender treatment programmes as part of a community learning disability service. He has undertaken work for the Department of Health mapping the needs of offenders with learning disabilities and has been Learning Disability Policy Manager for the Care Quality Commission to improve regulation of the support people with learning disabilities receive. 

Saranna Burgess

Saranna Burgess

Saranna trained to be a nurse as a mature student. Before that, she worked as an unregistered worker in learning disabilities and mental health care settings. She is now a Registered Nurse with an MSc in Mental Health and Law.

Saranna has worked in acute physical healthcare, within a tertiary Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and in drug and alcohol services within community mental health care services for most of her career. Ten years ago, she moved from patient-facing nursing into the safeguarding world and from there to patient safety and quality.

Dr Sarah Constantine

Sarah Constantine

Sarah Constantine has been with Avon and Wilshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust since 2019. She became a Consultant Psychiatrist in 2001 specialising in older adults, having also been accredited in general adult psychiatry. She has achieved an MSc in Healthcare Leadership and the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson NHS Leadership Academy qualification. Sarah is also trained in lean quality improvement (QI) methodology.

Before her move to AWP, Sarah worked as a Clinical Director and Deputy Medical Director for a large mental health/community physical health trust. She is an expert in mental capacity assessments, the application of the Mental Capacity Act, and is a special visitor with the Court of Protection. Sarah is a Caldicott Guardian and is also responsible for Professional Management of Medics and Responsible Officer, Medical Education, Research and Development and Mental Health Legislation.

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Donna L Forsyth MCSP, CMIOSH

Donna Forsyth

Having recently retired from being Head of Investigation at NHS England, Donna Forsyth is now Director, Education Architect, Trainer and Coach for the not-for-profit organisation Patient Safety Science. Donna was the architect and author of the original Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) and she initiated and led the Patient Safety Investigation Branch pilot ahead of assisting the creation of HSIB in 2016.

She co-authored the CIEHF publication “Learning from Adverse Events” in 2020. She is a chartered musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapist as well as a chartered safety practitioner who has influenced and supported the transformative incident investigation strategy, policy and guidance in health and social care. Since 2007 Donna has been an advisor on event analysis for the World Health Organisation. In 2010 she completed air accident investigation training at Cranfield University.

Jeremy Harris

Jeremy (Jez) Harris is the father of Bethany, whose story made national headlines after she was kept locked in seclusion for three years. An avid campaigner, he also now co-chairs NHSE’s Parent Council and carries out various roles as an Expert by Experience including CQC reviews and Care Treatment reviews.

Karen Lascelles

Karen Lascelles has been a mental health nurse for 30 years, always with an interest in self-harm and suicide and has specialised in this area for the last 15 years. As a nurse consultant, she is involved in supporting colleagues with complex cases, working clinically with people experiencing suicidal crises and their carers, supporting families and carers who are bereaved by suicide and supporting staff after the death of a patient by suicide.

She is also involved in various research and quality improvement endeavours to increase knowledge and improve suicide prevention practice. This includes her professional doctorate, in which she investigates the experiences and support needs of adults who care for an adult family member or friend they consider to be at risk of suicide.

In addition, Karen is involved in education and training around suicide risk assessment and management.

Sue Massingham

Sue Massingham

Following the sudden death of her daughter in 2020, Sue now regularly supports Oxford Health Trust with her insight around her experiences to champion change.

She was involved in the serious incident process as well as having to navigate the ordeals of an inquest. Sue co-chairs the Suicide Prevention Strategy Steering Group for the Trust, alongside Dr Karl Marlowe, Chief Medical Officer.

Neil Meade

Detective Inspector Neil Meade has been with Avon and Somerset Police for 27 years. He has been a detective for more than 20 years and involved in homicide investigations for the last 10 years as part of the Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire major crime collaboration. He has been involved in the investigation of over 40 murders. He has been crime family liaison coordinator for 4 years overseeing the police’s response to family liaison following a homicide. As part of his family liaison role, he is responsible for ensuring the police FLOs are suitably trained, current, and fit to offer families the best service following the death of a loved one.

Dr Zoe Picton Howell

Zoe is mum to Adam Bojelian, a multi-award-winning young poet and healthcare advocate who lived with cerebral palsy, acquired at birth, and died from sepsis aged 15 in 2015.

She is also a solicitor, healthcare academic, medical education tutor at Edinburgh University’s medical school and director of the Adam Bojelian Foundation CIC, a not-for-profit organisation which provides education and training in healthcare law and ethics to NHS and wider organisations and staff. It also runs a weekly free legal advice clinic as part of the Law Works Network.

Zoe has served on numerous research and guidance drafting committees, regionally and nationally, including Royal College, NICE and UK government guidance. Zoe is a member of both the Law Society’s (the professional body for solicitors) Mental Health and Disability Policy Advisory Committee and its Human Rights Policy Advisory Committee.

Zoe was a chapter author for Disability Matters and has published and presented nationally and internationally on child health law, particularly best interest decision-making and children’s rights. Her doctorate from Edinburgh University Law School, explored with 40 UK paediatricians their understanding of the relevant law and ethics when making end-of-life decisions for disabled children.

Trevor Stevens

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Trevor’s career has been spent teaching in schools and working as a publisher and trainer for educational publishers, and he is now self-employed. His daughter Tobi took her own life in December 2020 whilst in the care of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust:

“When Tobi was at home with us during the pandemic, from March to September 2020, she gave no clue that she was struggling with her mental health. When she was back at university in Norwich on her own, her mental health deteriorated rapidly and before she died she took several overdoses, about which we were kept in the dark. The serious incident report into her death concluded that ‘Tobi’s death is more likely than not to have resulted from problems in care delivery and service provision of the Trust.'”.

It is clear that there are many lessons to be learned from Tobi’s death. Trevor’s focus since Tobi’s death has been to tell her (and her parents’) story so that the importance of including families in the treatment of young people with mental health problems is recognised and valued as a potentially life-saving resource.