Here are Tarporley Hospital, we are proud to be a nurse-led facility. Our team of dedicated and professional Nurses and Health Care Assistants are on hand to provide you and your loved ones with the best possible, patient centred care.
Rachel Cowley - Managing Director
My nursing career began as a Health Care Assistant at Davenham Nursing Home caring for the older person, with differing needs. Having always been keen to develop my knowledge and skills, I was successful in my application to join the cardiology team at Leighton Hospital and subsequently was offered a secondment opportunity into Nurse Training at the University of Chester. After qualifying I returned to cardiology and moved up the nursing rank to become Ward Manager. I moved from cardiology to support the opening of Elmhurst Intermediate Centre only staying there for a short while. I joined Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust in 2010 to support the transformational team to improve the safety and quality of care the older person received. This experience supported me in obtaining my degree in Dementia Awareness and Intervention a subject very close to my heart. In 2014 I moved to the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital as Matron for Trauma, Orthopaedic and Vascular and Cardiology services. I became a Grandmother in 2017 and sought to be closer to my family, which is what prompted me to become part of the team here at Tarporley.
Having worked in the acute sector for many years the unique calm, tranquil atmosphere here at Tarporley facilitates time for our nursing team to provide compassionate and high quality patient and family focused care.
Jackie Phillips – Minor Injuries Sister
I am married to Paul and we have 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.
I started my caring career in the late 80’s as a Nursing Auxiliary working in the NHS then worked as home care assistant on the community.
I commenced my nurse training in September 1992, completed August 1995. I worked at the Countess of Chester Hospital on the Gynaecology ward as Staff Nurse progressing to Senior Nurse. Having identified I had a special interest in Cancer Care I completed the ENS 237 Oncology course allowing me to cover the Gynaecology/Oncology Specialist Nurse role and allowing me to further develop my skills and knowledge in this area.
In September 2002, I applied for and was appointed to a new post as Breast Care Nurse, during this time I progressed to Nurse Practitioner in Breast Care and Lead Nurse, managing a small but fantastic team.
I completed All Breast Care course, Advanced Communications, Clinical Examination in Breast Care, Specialist Theatre Practitioner and Leadership and Management Course during my time in the Breast Care Unit.
I joined the team here at Tarporley Hospital in May 20017, firstly on the bank as Staff Nurse. I became a permanent member of the team in January 2018. In January 2019 I became the Minor Injuries Sister, a role which is currently being developed. I work with the most amazing team and look forward to exciting times ahead with new developments in the hospital.
Philip Hopwood – Interim Chief Operating Officer
Born and educated in Manchester, following university at Durham I started what became a 14-year career at the Met Office. Initially this was as a research scientist focussed on a mix of computer modelling and field experiments to support weather forecasting and climate change. These were often in collaboration with other international research groups but always in a cold, muddy sheep field in the middle of nowhere.
Tiring of the mud and cold I moved away from pure research to lead the development of products for the defence, aviation and transport sectors and then, on becoming the Head of Applied Science. I also became responsible for the products used by the BBC and other media providers.
With the Met Office’s move down to Exeter I remained in London moving to the Ministry of Defence to help set up a new division focussed on provision of environmental information to the armed services. This grew to include being a commissioner for the National Meteorological Service, a senior liaison to the US Air Force and Navy and serving as a UK representative to NATO.
Then in 2008, my family and I took the opportunity to move back home to the north-west and Tarporley when I joined the University of Salford as Strategic Planning Director, leading its business planning as well as the largest transformation programme it had undertaken.
With that complete, in 2012 I embarked on a new challenge of setting up my own consulting business to work with public sector executives and Boards in supporting their strategy development, performance turnaround and change. Since then I have worked in the Social Care, Health, Higher Education and Local Government sectors.
Outside of work, in addition to being a taxi to two energetic boys, I run regularly-ish around Tarporley in an effort to stay fit and support, as a governor, two Cheshire autism specific schools.
Pam Brown – Administration Assistant and PA to Managing Director
I was born in Nantwich and have lived in Winsford all my life. I am married with 2 wonderful grown-up children.
I have always worked in an administrative role starting off at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Crewe when I first left school in 1981. I have worked for organisations in both the private and public sector and have gained valuable skills, knowledge and experience throughout.
After being made redundant in 2011 I decided to join Mid Cheshire Hospital Foundation Trust in Crewe as Bank Administration and soon gained enough knowledge and experience to apply for a full time post in the Orthopaedic Department. I was initially employed as a PA’s Assistant and then progressed to Theatre Scheduler which involved organising theatre lists for 4 Consultants for day case and inpatient surgery.
I am now part of a wonderful dedicated team here at Tarporley War Memorial Hospital as Administration Assistant. I feel very privileged to help raise awareness of the hospital and promote all the services that we have to offer for the local communities in Cheshire.
Paula Peacock- Matron
I started my Nursing Career as a Student Nurse at Warrington Hospital in 1988, I qualified as an RGN in 1991. My first post was on Accident and Emergency. I moved to Coronary Care in 1993, where I progressed to a senior staff Nurse. In 2001 I moved to Halton Hospital Critical Care Unit.
In 2004 I moved into the community role of a Heart Failure Nurse, working for Halton PCT, working between primary, secondary and tertiary care to provide holistic care for our patients including end of life care. I became the Team Leader and began to focus on developing my leadership role. In 2010 I gained promotion to Cardiac Service Lead Nurse, I manged Heart Failure and Cardiac rehabilitation Teams across Halton and St Helens whilst still holding a caseload of heart failure patients. In 2013 I gained promotion to Clinical Manager with responsibility for a diverse range of community services.
I continued my education at Liverpool John Moores University with a Diploma in Nursing and ENB certificates in Coronary Care Nursing and Teaching and Assessing. I studied for my Ba with Hons. I am a Non Medical prescriber and have studied advanced practice at Masters level.
Kath M'Que – Hospital Sister
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1987 and spent nine months working on an acute medical ward in a General Hospital in the North East. Whilst I loved my new role, I felt I wanted to do more training and completed my Midwifery qualification in 1988. I spent eight years working as a hospital midwife and then moved on to be a Project Nurse working at Hartlepool General Hospital. I helped implement a computer system, analysing staffing requirements throughout the hospital.
My passion and interest in health and wellbeing led me on to complete a degree in health studies and a teaching certificate, which enabled me to teach 16-18 year olds in further education colleges. These students would then become our next generation of nurses, midwives, social workers and primary school teachers.
In 2017 I saw that Leighton hospital was advertising a Return to nursing course and I was back on the Nursing Register by October 2017. My new role was working as a Staff nurse on an Intermediate Care ward. I also worked on the bank at Tarporley Hospital which soon became my full time post.
Recently, I was appointed Hospital Sister and at a very exciting time, when the hospital is about to expand their services. As the Hospital Sister I think it is vital support new developments which will benefit patients and staff. Through effective management and leadership I will aim to develop methods for maintaining and improving the quality of patient care through best practice and clinical benchmarking.
I am married with 2 children and have 3 grandchildren. I have been working here at Tarporley Hospital since January 2019 as the Minor Injuries Sister. My job is very rewarding and very varied. I also work on the ward and I am involved in the dressing clinic.
I qualified as a Nurse in January 2010 and my first job was on the Coronary Care ward at Leighton Hospital in Crewe. While working on the ward I was able to develop my skills and knowledge. I became the link Nurse for dementia care as well as the link Nurse for moving and handling. After a while I progressed into the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) looking after acutely ill patients and became advanced life support trained. This enabled me to become the covered Nurse in CCU, and I was part of the cardiac arrest team for the hospital.
I then took a secondment to another ward to support the winter pressures in the acute sector. This role also entailed supporting GP admissions that were transferred from A&E. Following on from that I became the permanent Nurse in the Ambulatory Care Unit, this was a new unit that I helped to set up to take all GP admissions directly from GP surgeries. This was a very demanding and challenging role at times, having to liaise with Site Managers and Bed Managers as well as supporting other areas of the hospital such as A&E and AMU. The department also offered daily IV therapy to patients to avoid them having to stay in hospital and also provided an outpatient blood transfusion service.
Claire Jones – Finance Administrator
I have always been aware of the outstanding work that Tarporley War Memorial Hospital does, as I am originally from Tarvin and attended Tarporley High School through to 6th Form, then going on to study Business and Finance at Hartford College in Northwich.
I have gained experience in various organisations starting as an Invoice Clerk in a Builders Merchant, to helping to run the family business where my finance and payroll knowledge excelled. My last 9 years before joining Tarporley Hospital was as a Ward Clerk at the Countess of Chester giving me an insight into healthcare.
I am married with two fantastic kids, and two dogs which leads us to lots of different places while walking them, I also have a love/hate relationship of running. But most importantly love time spent with family and friends.
As the Hospital’s Finance Administrator, I deal with all the financial areas for the Hospital such as bookkeeping, purchase ledger and sale ledger, ensuring that this process is smooth and efficient.
I also process the monthly payroll and pensions along with all the banking from the monies raised by our fabulous fundraisers and donors.
Sophie Thompson – Fundraising Co-ordinator
Born and raised in nearby Spurstow I am definitely a local girl at heart.
I attended Tarporley High School and progressed to Leeds Metropolitan University where I studied Events Management specialising in Fundraising and Sponsorship. While there I discovered a passion for organising and delivering events and was able to develop my skills. I have contributed to the success of numerous significant events all over the country including Country Living exhibition shows in London and Glasgow.
On completing my studies I returned to work at Tarporley High School where I rediscovered my love for engaging with local communities. I am now proud to be part of the talented team at Tarporley War Memorial Hospital as Fundraising Coordinator and feel privileged to work at raising awareness of the good work that is already done here and of the exciting plans for it’s development. The Hospital is not only here for us but to benefit generations to come and I am committed to helping it to continue to be such an integral service to Cheshire communities.