Kate Jones (nee Oakley)

1st April 1961 – 15th September 2023

In shock and sadness, we share news of the untimely death of Kate Jones, leaving her husband, Huw, family and friends
reeling. On 11 August Kate was diagnosed with a brain tumour, no treatment could be offered. She spent most of her final days at home enjoying her garden (with a cheeky G&T), with Huw, her dog Maisie, family and friends. This was made possible by Huw and her sister Sue’s devoted care with the support of her friends.

Kate made and kept friends throughout her career. She trained at Wolverhampton School of Physiotherapy from 1980 to 1983, and started work at St Helier in Carshalton, South London.

After her junior rotations Kate continued to work in North West and South West London, first at Queen Mary’s in Roehampton before moving to St George’s in Tooting. She specialised within rehabilitation working with people who had undergone an amputation, sharing the rehab gym (not the neuro gym – as Kate always reminded everyone) with the neuro-physiotherapy team. After recognising that improvements in vascular surgery might lead to a diminishing role for physiotherapists, she retrained within the musculoskeletal (MSK) field. She moved to hand therapy and began a journey of specialisms that combined her rehabilitation ethos within the MSK field.

Progressing her career, in the 1990s Kate became a superintendent of the MSK service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She led with integrity, fair mindedness and compassion, the same way she lived her life.

Kate’s final professional move came when she joined The Royal Marsden in 2002. She later became a Clinical Specialist working with people recovering from or living with breast cancer. At the Marsden she found her niche; working as a musculoskeletal specialist, within a multidisciplinary team, where she practiced with a broad rehabilitation outlook. Kate looked for other ways to support her patients and colleagues, serving on the committee of ACPOPC and helping to edit an update to the Marsden Manual.

Kate retired in 2017 having practiced with modesty and kindness.

Following retirement Kate loved holidaying with Huw and their dog Maisie. She enjoyed her garden, allotment, and spending time with friends. Supper invitations guaranteed experimentation with a new menu. Comparing notes
confirmed that she was successfully experimenting on us all! Kate volunteered with Maisie for Reading2Dogs, a Pets for Therapy charity going each week to the local primary school where Maisie would listen to children who struggled to read.

The number of friends visiting her at home over her last month encapsulates the love, loyalty and support Kate gave to
others. Kate passed away peacefully with Huw at her side.

Kate leaves Huw, her sister Sue, the rest of her family and friends grieving. We have fond memories of laughter, fun and happiness both at work and at home.

Thank you Kate for being such a fabulous

Caroline Alexander, Anthea Dendy, Sarah
Scoular, Sarah Dewhurst, Di Carter


Prostate Cancer UK – Clinical Champions Programme

Prostate Cancer UK are recruiting for their Clinical Champions Programme. If you’ve spotted something in your organisation that you want to change they’ll help you do it.

They want to support professionals in the field of prostate cancer care to drive change and improve the prostate cancer pathway. Its such a great opportunity for physios to support their patients.

Whatever your background or professional position, they’d love to receive an application from you.

Learn more about the Clinical Champions and how to apply👉

Deadline is Sunday 17th December 2023!


Hospice UK: Coping with Professional Grief workshop – 20th Feburary 2024 10am – 12.30pm

Following the success of the previous workshop Hospice UK are holding a second Coping with Professional Grief workshop on the 20th Feburary 2024.

The workshop aims to help you discover how to support you and your colleagues when faced with continuous and regular grief through your work.

For more information and to register please click on the link


Invitation to join the Q Perioperative Care – Prehabilitation special interest group

The Q Perioperative Care – Prehabilitation Special Interest Group (SIG) is hosted by Macmillan Cancer Support and the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) and is a partnership between health charities, professional organisations, patient organisations and several leading Royal Colleges.

The aim of CPOC is to optimise the surgical pathway from the moment someone contemplates surgery all the way until they complete their recovery. We want to see the implementation of simple but effective interventions to reduce cancellations, complications and hospital bed days. This will help tackle waiting lists, improve patient outcomes, boost efficiency and lower cost. 

The team are asking for help to embed these practices in the NHS.

The initial focus will be on prehabilitation and rehabilitation, specifically supporting and optimising peoples’ physical and mental health in advance of, during and beyond treatment for cancer and other long-term conditions.

The SIG will bring members together to:

  • Learn and share best practice and experiences to implement change at a local level
  • Debate hot topics
  • Support and influence national policy
  • Enable Shared Decision Making (SDM) between patients, family and healthcare professionals
  • Share high quality patient information and educational resources
  • Share emerging research themes to inform clinical practice

Anyone can join the SIG HERE. If you are not a Q member you will be asked to create a guest account.


Research Project: Understanding the Importance of the Developing Role of Physiotherapists in Palliative Care

Rachael Cooke is a physiotherapist currently undertaking an MSc at York St John University. Rachael is keen for any ACPOPC members working in palliative care to take part in her survey.

It is a cross-sectional survey of specialist physiotherapists on the delivery of palliative physiotherapy.

The survey can be accessed via clicking on the link and details for particpiants can be seen via clicking on this link.


Macmillan Blog for Allied Health Professionals Day – 14th October

14th October is Allied Health Professionals Day.

To celebrate Macmillan have posted a blog on their website which includes a range of Macmillan AHPs. This includes Nicola, Macmillan Specialist Physiotherapist in Supportive Oncology at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester who gives a great account of the work she does.



ACPOPC Autumn Webinars

ACPOPC held the first of our Autumn webinar series today on Advances in Cancer Treatment.

The slides and recording will soon be available to ACPOPC members in the Member-only area of the website.

Details of our next webinar is below:

Tuesday 28 November 23, 3.30pm:

Axillary Web Syndrome (Cording)


Provisional dates and topics for 2024

Wednesday 7 February 24, 6.30pm: topic tbc

Thursday 18 April 24, 11.30am: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Tuesday 11 June 24, 3pm: Service Improvement Workshop

 We have varied the days in the week and times of day to help accommodate your working patterns.  We welcome your feedback on accessibility of these days and times.

Registration is open now for the Autumn 2023 webinars.  Keep an eye out for registration details for 2024 dates in your e-mails from ACPOPC and in the next newsletter.

If you would like to recommend a webinar topic, speaker or volunteer to present at one of our webinars, please get in touch with


Personalised Care and Support Digital Resources

Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire (SWAG) Cancer Alliance are delighted to share the following Personalised Care & Support digital resources which are free to access on the SWAG website. They have been developed following analysis of local results from the national Cancer QoL survey and have been co-produced with members of the SWAG Patient and Public Voice Forum. 

Health and Wellbeing Hub



For more information or to provide any feedback please contact


Research study into a handheld app for lung cancer patients – request for healthcare professionals to be involved

Researchers at Oxford Brookes University are developing a new app to support lung cancer patients to improve their physical functioning and quality of life.

They are looking for health care professionals to join focus groups or attend an interview to discuss the new app. You will get the opportunity to impact the design and further development of the app.

To get involved please email Suriya Kirkpatrick – 


Spinal Metastases and Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression – NICE Guidelines published 

NICE have just published guidance on Spinal Metastases and Spinal Cord Compression.

This guideline covers recognition, referral, investigation and management of spinal metastases and metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). It is also relevant for direct malignant infiltration of the spine and associated cord compression. It aims to improve early diagnosis and treatment to prevent neurological injury and improve prognosis.

Is it aimed at the following:

  • Healthcare professionals working in primary, secondary and tertiary care, palliative care and hospices
  • Cancer alliances (or equivalent local partnerships)
  • Commissioners of metastatic spinal cord preventative, diagnostic and treatment services (including integrated care boards and NHS England specialised commissioning)
  • Voluntary sector organisations
  • People with suspected or diagnosed spinal metastases, direct malignant infiltration of the spine or MSCC, their families and carers


Major Conditions Strategy: Case for Change and Our Strategic Framework

The Major Conditions Strategy for England has just been produced (14th August 2023). It focuses on 6 conditions: cancer, cardiovascular disease (CVD) including stroke and diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders (MSK), mental ill health, dementia and chronic respiratory disease (CRD).

It is a framework setting out the approach to health and care delivery to improve outcomes and better meet the needs of the population, which is older and living with multimorbidity.

The document can viewed by clicking on the link.

NHS Long Term Workforce Plan

The first comprehensive workforce plan for the NHS in England has been published. It focuses on retaining existing talent and making the best use of new technology alongside the biggest recruitment drive in health service history.

To view the full document and associated information please click on the link to the NHS England website


Call Out to ACPOPC Members

In order to help us to update our records, please can you ensure we have your up to date contact details:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Region

If you need to change any details please contact