Meet the team
Agelos Saplaouras, MIPEM, CSci, MSc – Lead Physicist
Agelos came to the UK from Greece 20 years ago as an assistant Nurse via a European exchange program. Fascinated by technology and science, but always focused in Medical applications he expanded his studies in Medical Engineering and Medical Radiation Physics; he gained his MSc from Birmingham University in Jan 2000. He joined the Bristol Oncology Centre in the same year where he completed his professional training that led to his MIPEM status with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. He is a registered Clinical Scientist with the HCPC and a Chartered Scientist with the Association of Clinical Scientists.
Agelos has gained 10 years of experience working in the NHS and 4 years of experience working for the private sector both within the UK and overseas. Agelos has worked in Australia, Sri Lanka and also in Albania where he undertook a big project on behalf of a private Greek Hospital. The project involved setting up the first Radiotherapy Centre equipped with Linear Accelerators covering a large geographical area and a population of four million people that had minimal radiotherapy facilities. Agelos trained local physicists, radiographers and junior Oncologists and managed to treat more than 500 patients in its first year of operation.
Agelos has extensive knowledge in ELEKTA treatment machines and he is a Medical Physics Expert in Quality Control and Radiation Dosimetry with in-depth knowledge of UK and International Codes of Practices.
Catherine Roe BSc (Hons) MSc – Superintendent Therapy Radiographer
Catherine completed her training at the Royal Marsden in 2001 and since then has gained extensive experience both in the NHS and international private radiotherapy practice. Catherine has worked as a Therapy Radiographer in a number of the London hospitals at senior levels and also worked in Sydney, Australia.
During Catherine’s experience over the past 13 years has seen her develop and implement new techniques to improve patient’s experience; utilising software to more accurately define treatment areas; supine treatment position for central nervous system tumours and developing improved methods for ensuring treatment accuracy through the use of cone beam CT and mega voltage imaging.
Most recently Catherine has completed her MSc in Oncology Practice at the University of London, gaining expert practitioner knowledge in IGRT, cancer management, advanced practice and research. Catherine has extensive expertise in radiotherapy pre-treatment, stereotactic radiotherapy, IGRT and IMRT. Catherine is the Lead Superintendent at the Spire Specialist Care Centre and leads the team of professional radiographers and clinical support staff.
Sarah March BSc (Hons) – Therapy Radiographer
Sarah qualified as a Therapy Radiographer in 2004 and before joining Spire Healthcare, worked at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre for ten years, becoming a Superintendent Radiographer in 2011. Sarah has extensive experience in pre-treatment, stereotactic radiotherapy, HDR Brachytherapy and treating both adults and children.
Sarah has gained four post graduate MSc modules in IGRT Verification, Brachytherapy Principles and Application, Teaching and Assessing and Radiotherapy Practice.
A particular area of interest and expertise for Sarah is the use of image guidance to verify the position of patients during treatment.
Alison Baimbridge DCR(T) – Therapy Radiographer
Alison has worked in the NHS for 27 years, gaining a wealth of experience managing a variety of radiotherapy equipment and organising teams of staff.
Alison’s particular areas of interest are the management of treatment related side effects having gained masters modules at Kingston University. Alison is an accredited Practice Educator College of Radiographers and enjoys educating students and junior staff members.
Alison is excited to be part of the patient centred therapeutic team introducing the VersaHD linear accelerator and planning systems, providing a new Radiotherapy Service based in the Bristol area.
Amy Jones BSc (Hons) – Therapy Radiographer
Amy qualified as a Therapy Radiographer in 2005, gaining First Class (Hons) in Therapeutic Radiography at the University of The West of England. During Amy’s career she has worked in a large radiotherapy centre gaining a wealth of experience in pre-treatment Computed Tomography planning, as well as involvement in a variety of advanced radiotherapy techniques. A particular area of interest is Image Guided Radiotherapy; Amy has completed a post graduate module in ‘Image Guided Radiotherapy Verification’ which has helped enhance her knowledge. The new Spire Specialist Care Centre provides an exciting opportunity to utilise and develop her skills further.
Alexandra Parry BSc (Hons) Dip IPEM – Clinical Technologist
Alex initially studied in Leeds gaining a BSc in Biology before moving back to Bristol where she took up a training position within a local Radiotherapy Physics Department. Alex worked for 6 years achieving a First Class Degree in Clinical Technology (Radiotherapy Physics) and IPEM Diploma.
Recently Alex has been involved in the implementation of lung planning techniques including Active Breathing Control (ABC) and Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) as well as algorithms, such as Collapsed Cone. Areas of expertise include IMRT for Prostate, Anus and Head and Neck patients.
Kim Newton – Administration Manager
Kim joined Spire in 1997 as Administration Assistant in Diagnostic Imaging and over the years has seen her role develop as the department has expanded. Kim attended a Management Stepping Stones course and became the Administration Co-ordinator and currently manages the administration team in the imaging department.
Kim has gained a wealth of experience within Diagnostics as well as taking on Duty Manager responsibilities, successfully implementing new systems throughout this period whilst maintaining strong links with Consultants and Radiologists. These skills will complement the services provided at the new Spire Specialist Care Centre.
Gary Howell – Dietician
In 2002 Gary graduated from University Wales Institute Cardiff with a Post graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics. Since then he has been working as the Surgical Lead Dietitian in the University Hospital of Wales Cardiff. He has a vast range of clinical experience in a variety of areas including managing patients with cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and post gastrointestinal-surgery. He has an extensive interest in cancer and gastroenterology disorders and in March 2015 he completed training in the management of IBS using the low FODMAP diet. His clinical experience and specialist interests means he keeps up to date on the latest dietary strategies. In addition to running his own private practice at Spire Specialist Care Centre, Spire Cardiff Hospital and Spire Bristol Hospital, he continues to work as the Macmillan UGI Dietitian in the University Hospital of Wales. He is registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA).
Jane Beckinsale & Caroline McGill – Speech & Language Therapists
The Speech and Language Therapist is part of the support team for those undergoing radiotherapy to the head and neck area. Their role is to advise you about possible changes to swallowing and/or communication that you may encounter through treatment, and to help you manage these if they occur. Depending on your specific needs, they will also advise how you can look after your swallowing, speech and voice during radiotherapy, to support optimal recovery of eating, drinking and communication afterwards. Your Speech and Language Therapist will work closely with the Dietitian throughout your treatment and into the recovery period.
Jane Beckinsale and Caroline McGill are specialist Speech and Language Therapists with extensive experience in working with people undergoing radiotherapy to the head and neck area. They work at Spire Specialist Care Centre and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust.
Dr James Brennan - Clinical Psychologist
James Brennan is one of the UK’s leading authorities on the psychological impact of illness on individuals, couples and families. He was Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Bristol Oncology Centre for over twenty-one years, providing treatment for a broad range of patients. Prior to that he worked in mental and physical health in London. His 2004 book Cancer in Context – a practical guide to supportive care (Oxford University Press) received many accolades from reviews in international scientific journals and has been reprinted four times. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol, where he still teaches, and has conducted research and lectured internationally in the area of cancer psychology. Although now retired from the NHS, James continues to offer private psychological support and treatment to people with cancer and their family members.