Meet the Team at The Bridge

Iain Veitch

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Care Centre Director

Shona Anderson

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Regional Director of Nursing for Neurological Services

Laura Nicholls

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Lead Speech and Language Therapist

Carrieanne Silk

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Charge Nurse

Victoria Mellis

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Physiotherapist

Pauline Matthews

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Lead Occupational Therapist

Iain Veitch

Care Centre Director

Qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1990, Iain specialised in critical care nursing and worked in various hospital settings including a specialisation in spinal injuries. Iain went on to gain valuable experience working within critical care services and the NHS as a Service Manager for various acute and community services. Iain has over seven years’ experience as a Clinical Director and was instrumental in setting up an innovative 30 bed service, providing community ventilation and neurological rehabilitation.

He remains passionate about delivering high quality care to individuals requiring long term care due to neurological deficits, spinal cord injuries and those requiring highly specialist long term care in the community. He is a transformational leader who believes in developing his staff to deliver exceptional care on a daily basis. Iain is driven to ensure The Bridge delivers a fantastic service to the local population within the North East.

Shona Anderson

Regional Director of Nursing for Neurological Services

Having qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 2000, Shona gained experience working within Intensive Care and High Dependency Units before working as part of a critical care team.

This experience allowed Shona to use her acute knowledge in community settings, supporting individuals living at home with complex health needs. She has specialised in spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injury and long-term neuromuscular conditions, including ventilation.

Having worked in both acute and primary health care settings as a Nurse Specialist and as a Team Lead, Shona acquired the drive to see individuals either living in their own home, where they are supported, or within a setting where they have the reassurance of receiving a first class service of wraparound care.  Her primary focus is always to support and develop the neurological teams at Elysium Healthcare and ensure safe, high quality clinical care is delivered to all.

Laura Nicholls

Lead Speech and Language Therapist

Laura has been described as a highly driven, solution focused and person-centred individual, who has always had an ardent passion for helping others. This inspired her to pursue a career in speech and language therapy.

Laura began her career in the NHS, working in acute and community stroke rehabilitation before managing an elderly care hospital for dysphagia.

Through continued professional development and multidisciplinary working, Laura has developed specialist knowledge and skills. This includes providing high quality specialist assessment, diagnosis and appropriate speech and language therapy interventions for complex caseloads.

Laura prides herself on leading and actively participating in creating improvement, transformation and the innovation of services. These values are something which she will continue to implement following her appointment as a Speech and Language Therapist at The Bridge.

Carrieanne Silk

Charge Nurse

Carrieanne has been working in healthcare since leaving college in 2012. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 2016 and began working within acute medical settings, before moving onto working in an Intensive Care Unit.

During her time in intensive care, she developed the skills to care for critically ill patients with long term tracheostomies and those requiring long term ventilation.

Her time working in critical care provided considerable experience in caring for individuals with neurological deficits and spinal cord injuries.

Since joining The Bridge, Carrieanne has been promoted to the role of Charge Nurse and uses her clinical experience and expertise to assist with the development of the nursing floors and lead the team to deliver care that is individualised for each Resident.

Victoria Mellis

Physiotherapist

Growing up in Northumberland, Victoria always had a keen interest and enthusiasm for physical disciplines including Judo, Wrestling and Rugby. Personally, Victoria played an important role as a young carer for her younger sister diagnosed with a significant neurological condition. This inspired her to pursue a degree in Sports Rehabilitation and later, a career in Physiotherapy graduating with an honours degree in 2003.

Victoria’s first position was secured as a Junior Rotational Physiotherapist within the NHS, subsequently moving in to more senior roles in Respiratory Care and Neurological Rehabilitation. She also gained extensive experience and expertise within various disciplines whilst working in a Cardio Intensive Care Unit and General ITU. Victoria has extensive knowledge and skills working within rehabilitation, having worked with individuals with neurological conditions in high dependency, acute, neuro-rehabilitation gym, spinal injuries unit, stroke unit, and amputee rehabilitation.
A static position in Trauma and Orthopaedics allowed Victoria to gain further knowledge of complex poly-trauma and a bias in rehabilitation towards those with additional complex communication needs like dementia and head injury.

Victoria brings with her over 15 years of clinical experience and will use this to contribute to the holistic rehabilitation program at The Bridge.

Pauline Matthews

Lead Occupational Therapist

Pauline has acquired a wealth of experience over the last 13 years, specialising in cognitive rehabilitation, visual processing rehabilitation, longer term stroke rehab and rehabilitation of individuals with complex needs, including Parkinson’s disease.

Pauline joined the team at The Bridge in late August 2018 and cares passionately about enabling individuals with neurological deficits to maximise their functional independence.

In order to promote quality of life, Pauline works with the Residents on their Activities of Daily Life (ADL’s) and works closely with Resident’s family members to help educate and support them in adapting to changes in the day-to-day functional abilities and wellbeing of their loved ones.

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