Gemma Allen is the Palliative Care Inclusion and Community Partnerships Lead at The Mary Stevens Hospice and responsible for the operational management, leadership, education, facilitation and day to day running of No Barriers Here©. Gemma works with underserved communities often adopting a public health approach to palliative and has a keen interest in education and research. Gemma is Chair of the Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities Network (PCPLD).
Dr Jed Jerwood (PhD) is Principal Art Psychotherapist for Community Services at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. He also holds an honorary research fellowship at the University of Birmingham. His clinical background lies in hospice care and in adult mental health. His research interests lie in health inequalities, particularly regarding death and dying; arts-based research methods and using creative approaches to deepen conversations in healthcare settings. He is the lead researcher on the No Barriers Here programme.
Claire Towns is CEO and Matron at The Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge. Claire has worked in palliative care for 18 years and still retains a clinical role as Non-Medical Prescriber, working face to face with patients and families. Claire is a No Barriers Here© facilitator and is leading on service development for the No Barriers Here© ICER study.