Meet the Education Team

Dr Julie Luscombe

Julie is the Head of Education at Jersey Hospice Care. Her professional background includes Mental Health Nursing, Public Health and Higher Education and her role at Jersey Hospice Care involves ensuring staff across all departments in the organisation feel confident and competent to fulfil their roles as well as supporting the delivery of high quality end of life education to our community partners.

Julie studied for her Doctorate in Education with the University of Exeter and having also obtained a Masters in Public Health at the University of Bath, she has a particular interest in the public health aspect of palliative care and in supporting staff to achieve their maximum potential through reflective practice, coaching and education.

Gail Edwards

Gail is the Nurse Champion at Jersey Hospice Care. Her primary role has been to support the implementation of the Gold Standards Framework throughout the community in Jersey. This evidenced based approach to end of life care helps develop the competency and confidence of staff to empower them to manage the palliative and end of life care needs of patients regardless of care setting.

Gail has spent 12 years in various nursing roles within Jersey Hospice Care, achieving a BSc Clinical Practice from the University of Southampton and is currently studying at Masters level. Gail is passionate about achieving ‘the one chance to get it right’ at the end of life by ensuring the right care is delivered to the right patient, at the right time, in the right place.

For this reason she works to improve her knowledge through continuous professional development and through delivering education in an engaging innovative style.

Judy Le Marquand

Judy is the Practice Development Sister for Jersey Hospice Care. Her background is in Medical, Surgical and Gynaecological Nursing but she has been working in palliative care for ten years and is currently studying at the Royal Marsden.

Judy’s role as Practice Development Sister aims to promote excellent standards in patient care. As palliative care is constantly evolving, her role is to maintain currency and disseminate changes in practice through both classroom education and role modelling.

Judy has a particular interest in Communication Skills and Palliative Symptom Control. She has trained in Advanced Facilitation with the Maguire Communication Skills Training Unit at The Christie School of Oncology.

Derek Ruth

Derek is a Senior Health Care Assistant in Practice Development for Jersey Hospice Care. He has worked both in residential settings and as part of community team with much of his experience focusing on working with people who are living with Dementia and Motor Neurone Disease. He has achieved vocational qualifications at Levels 2 & 3.

Derek’s role is primarily concerned with mentoring and supporting new Health Care Assistants to work in Jersey Hospice Care which acts as a necessary reinforcement to uphold and improve accepted care standards. Ensuring the dignity and comfort of patients takes precedence, thus Derek ‘set [his] sights on wellbeing, so that…healthcare can become more about making life more wonderful, rather than just less horrible’. (BJ Miller).