Education Staff

Education and training department staff:



Emma Brettall


Emma Brettell, Clinical Practice Facilitator

Emma has over 9 years’ experience as a registered nurse having previously worked at Worcester Royal Hospital before moving to St Richard’s in February 2008 to take up a staff nurse post  on the in-patient unit. In 2011 Emma undertook a new role as sister on the in-patient unit and also gained a BSc in Palliative Care from The University of Birmingham.  In March 2015 Emma joined the Education Team as Clinical Practice Facilitator, running both internal and external training courses, she is passionate about the delivery of palliative care from both a nursing and educational point of view.



Becky Stewart


Beckie Stewart, Administrator

Beckie has been working in administration for over 15 years in various sectors, including advertising and marketing, architectural and logistics.  She joined St Richards as Education Administrator in June 2009.


Delivery of specialist education and training requires support from experts within the Hospice and this is provided by:

Dr Nicola WilderspinDr. Nicky Wilderspin, Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine

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Sarah Popplestone-Helm - Head of Family Support Services

Sarah Popplestone-Helm, Head of Family Support Services

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Sarah has managed the Family Support Service at St Richard’s since 2007. Qualifying as a Social Worker in 1984 and passionate about support for the families and carers of the dying, her focus has been hospice psychosocial palliative care. Her specialist area is support for children and young people and she has spent many years developing and running support services for patients and their families.

Sarah gained qualifications in adult education and supports the hospice education department to deliver a wide variety of internal and external courses.


Ingrid Walden, Counsellor

Ingrid has a background in nursing, mental health support, the elderly and carer service provision, prior to qualifying as a BACP accredited counsellor. She has a range of skills and training including adult teacher training and supervision skills.

Ingrid is based in the Family Support Team for counselling and supervision and provides an education resource across the Hospice for psychological themed teaching.