Dr Anna Campbell
Dr Anna Campbell's professional qualifications immunology (BSc), biochemistry (PhD)and sport & exercise science (MSc). Anna is a qualified fitness instructor (exercise to music, gym instruction and cardiac rehabilitation) and has built up a reputation as an expert in the UK in the field of exercise and cancer.
Anna has provided safe personalised exercise programmes, exercise counselling and structured group exercise classes for over 500 men and women living with cancer.
Since the year 2000, Dr Anna Campbell has researched the physical and psychological benefits of staying active after a cancer diagnosis publishing over 30 research papers and three book chapters in the field of exercise and cancer survivorship. She is an Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier University.
Anna was instrumental in putting research into practice: she made two exercise DVDs for cancer survivors; she set up the first free community based exercise programme in the UK; and she is Director of CanRehab (www.canrehab.co.uk), which provides training and education for fitness and health professionals working with cancer survivors in the community. In addition to publishing her research and establishing best practice, Anna is also a consultant for Macmillan Cancer Care, assisting in the establishment and evaluation of UK wide community based exercise programmes for cancer patients and survivors.
Among her professional qualifications Fiona has two teaching diplomas and a master’s degree in cancer care, qualifications which have supported her well in her 20 plus years experience working in the field of cancer education.
For about the same length of time she has been an associate editor of the peer reviewed, European Journal of Cancer Care with sole responsibility for the news section of the journal.
This enjoyable role has meant that she has had to remain constantly up-to-date with developments in all aspects of cancer management and care.
Fiona's research and clinical interests include: cancer rehabilitation, communication skills in the fields of cancer and palliative care, adolescents and young people with cancer and teaching and learning in the clinical situation.
Sarah has been in the industry for nearly 25 years, working in most disciplines from PT, gym and aerobics to walking, Pilates and yoga and with a diverse range of clients and populations during her career.
Her key areas of expertise are exercise referral, mental health, pre/post natal, diabetes/obesity, disability, behaviour change and weight management and she is particularly keen on promoting activity in the natural environment.
Sarah is a leading Exercise Referral specialist having worked on a large scheme for over a decade and has been delivering the qualification for many years. She has designed and delivered Level 4 qualifications in Obesity/Diabetes and Mental Health and also holds the Level 4 Back Care and Cancer Rehabilitation qualifications.
This expertise led her to set up a specialist training company, Exact Training, to provide specialist exercise professionals with training and CPD and she also works with CanRehab on their level 4 qualification.
Sarah has co-authored six books including five in the Complete Guide to… series and is a regular contributor to various magazines including REPs journal and Fitpro as well as mainstream publications such as Red and Woman & Home and is a regular speaker at industry conventions and conferences.
Dr Karen Robb
Karen’s career has spanned virtually all the domains that contribute to improving the care of cancer patients and she has held clinical, academic, research and strategy posts. She has worked in cancer rehabilitation for over 20 years and has a special interest in the rehabilitation of patients with the consequences of breast cancer treatment.
Karen has authored/co-authored a range of peer reviewed literature including original research and editorials as well as book chapters and a clinical textbook, “Rehabilitation in Cancer Care”. Karen is currently Macmillan Rehabilitation Lead for the Transforming Cancer Services Team in London where she supports commissioners to make decisions about cancer rehabilitation. She is also a (Body Control) Pilates teacher and teaches classes in Greenwich, London.
In previous posts, Karen has been Regional Lead for Rehabilitation for NHS England in London and Consultant Physiotherapist for cancer services at Bart’s Hospital.
Karen has been a special advisor to Macmillan Cancer Support for many years and sits on their Clinical Advisory Board. She is passionate about helping to shape a future for people living with and beyond cancer where access to high quality rehabilitation services is the norm and not just a lucky coincidence.
Mandy is passionate about promoting the benefits of physiotherapy and physical activity for people with cancer. Mandy joined the CanRehab team in 2011. She is a Chartered Physiotherapist and qualified from Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh in 1990. Originally from Dundee, Mandy has wide range of clinical experience and has worked throughout the UK and New Zealand in NHS, private and third sector organisations.
Until 2016, Mandy was employed in the NHS as a Macmillan Specialist Physiotherapist and worked locally to improve care after cancer diagnosis. She gained certification as a New Zealand PINC cancer rehabilitation last year. She is also a qualified Macmillan Move More gentle movement instructor and takes part in delivering free local exercise groups for people affected by cancer.
In 2015, Mandy was awarded an MSc after studying the benefits of exercise for people living with a wide range of long term conditions such as cancer and she was part of a local team who won a national award for developing medal walking routes for people with advanced disease. Mandy is currently the Scottish Representative for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care and is part of worldwide group of physiotherapists with a special interest in cancer rehabilitation. In clinical practice Mandy works closely with level 4 CanRehab fitness instructors and she encourages early referral, at diagnosis if possible, to undertake a full holistic assessment and to plan effective treatment and care to reduce unmet need throughout the cancer journey and aid optimal recovery.
Vicky Hatch has over 20 years industry experience in a variety of exercise disciplines and has developed a reputation as a leading specialist in water-based activity for health. She holds an MSc in Preventive Cardiology and regularly works with clients with heart disease and cancer to develop safe, individualised physical activity and exercise programmes.
She is an experienced and innovative tutor, assessor and internal verifier and has helped to develop many courses and qualifications and works with CanRehab delivering and assessing on their level 4 qualification.
Together with Sarah Bolitho, she runs the specialist training company, Exact Training & Resources Ltd., to provide exercise professionals with training and CPD.