About the Team & Service

Meet the Health & Wellbeing Team

Health & Wellbeing Director

Katy Sagoe
Katy Sagoe Director of Health and Wellbeing I have responsibility for ensuring that we understand and respond to the health and wellbeing needs of beneficiaries and manage the fantastic team of committed H&W staff. As part of the senior management team I also contribute to the strategic direction of the Trust.
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    Katy’s team:

    Susan Brennan
    Dr Susan Brennan MBChB MRCGP Trust Medical Adviser I’m a GP and a medical adviser. One of my roles is to offer advice and support to our beneficiaries with health problems caused, or made worse, by thalidomide. I am also responsible for producing written and online information for beneficiaries to help with their health needs.
    Dee Morrison
    Dr Dee Morrison MB ChB Trust Medical Adviser I am a GP as well as a Medical Adviser. I help beneficiaries understand more about any health issues, provide medical support letters and liaise with GPs and specialists. I help with new claims, research, and am part of an international network for doctors working with Thalidomide Embryopathy.
    Sarah Green Thalidomide Trust asset and wellbeing co-ordinator
    Sarah Green Trust Assest and Wellbeing Co-ordinator I support a small group of beneficiaries who lack mental capacity. I work with their families and professional team to ensure the beneficiary’s complex health and wellbeing needs are fully met and their quality of life is maximised through the effective use of their resources.
    Thalidomide Trust health and wellbeing co-ordinator Mitch Lambert
    Mitch Lambert H&W Coordinator, Mobility & Independence My role focuses on mobility and independence, ensuring beneficiaries are aware of the resources they are entitled to and are available to them. I also complete HNAs that ensure we are supporting our beneficiaries – identifying any needs and directing them to the right support.
    Sally Sheehy
    Sally Sheehy H&W Coordinator (Complex Cases) My background is health and social care. My role in the team is to respond to beneficiaries and keep pace with their changing and complex needs. I complete HNAs and provide support to navigate services and assist beneficiaries in obtaining appropriate help to maximise their independence.
    Emily Bates
    Emily Bates H&W Coordinator (Health & Social Care) With a background in Social work, I have a working knowledge of the Care Act, eligibility for services and how to access them; increasing care if required or maintaining care. As well as assisting with DLA to PIP applications, I also work with the team to ensure the HNA’s are completed.
    Cheryl Pinkney
    Cheryl Pinkney H&W Admin Team Leader and Wellbeing Adviser I manage the H&W Admin team. I assist the medical advisers in supporting beneficiaries with health issues; process new applications to the Trust; and am involved in the administration of research projects. I offer support to beneficiaries and meet with beneficiaries to complete HNAs.
    Michelle Robinson
    Michelle Robinson H&W Administrator and Wellbeing Adviser My role is alongside Cheryl’s as first point of contact for beneficiaries to the H&W team. I assist Katy, Sarah and Sally in supporting beneficiaries’ various health and wellbeing issues. In addition I offer support to beneficiaries by phone, email, or face to face and also carry out HNAs.
    Annabelle Blackham
    Annabelle Blackham H&W Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator I work with Cheryl and Michelle as a first point of contact for beneficiaries and assist Mitch and Emily in supporting beneficiaries’ H&W issues. I am responsible for Volunteer recruitment, development and identifying beneficiaries requirements that can be met by our volunteers.

    The Health & Wellbeing team is supported by a passionate group of talented beneficiary volunteers.  They also work closely with NAC members of the Trust’s Health & Wellbeing Committee.

    How the team can help you

    What does the Health & Wellbeing team do?

    The Health & Wellbeing Team exists to provide support, advice and information to beneficiaries who need it - on any issues that affect your health and wellbeing.

    Within the team there is a wide range of practical knowledge, skills and experience, combined with a lot of empathy and care, which means we are able to help you with your questions across a wide range of subjects. If we don’t know the answer to your query, we will undertake research on your behalf, or help you find someone who does.

    What sort of help can I get from the Health & Wellbeing team?

    You can ask for help from the team for absolutely anything that affects how you live your life. We provide confidential, non-judgemental support across all areas including:

    • Advice and support with your benefits – such as PIP and ESA
    • Help with health problems -  answering your questions and ensuring you get the best possible support from your GP and when necessary a referral to a specialist who is experienced in dealing with thalidomide affected bodies.
    • Advice and help to make changes to protect your health - such as weight loss, exercise, alcohol and substance use.
    • Help to live well at home, including identifying aids and adaptations that enable you to give your body a break and keep well for longer.
    • Advice about wheelchairs and adapted vehicles to help you maintain your mobility and independence.
    • Help to access social care and support to ensure that the care you receive is high quality and appropriate for your needs.
    • Information about specialist agencies who may be able to help you with a particular issue - assisting you to make sure you get the service you need.
    • Support with your family and relationship issues.
    • We also offer emotional support and a listening ear when things get tough and you just want to talk.

    The Health & Wellbeing team is also responsible for:

    • Providing long term support to beneficiaries with the most complex needs
    • Ensuring the HNA process is planned and delivered
    • Developing and supporting volunteers to assist their fellow beneficiaries
    • Monitoring trends and emerging issues amongst beneficiaries
    • Ensuring the Trust complies with its Safeguarding responsibilities
    • Working with Trustees and the National Advisory Council (NAC) to ensure Health & Wellbeing issues are appropriately considered
    • Commissioning research that increases understanding and awareness of beneficiaries’ needs
    • Developing resources such as factsheets, information packs and guides to common health & wellbeing issues
    • Creating and updating health and wellbeing information for the Trust website.

    Contact the team

    The Health & Wellbeing Team is here to help and we love to hear from you. You can get in touch with us by calling us on 01480 474074 or emailing

    Everything you share with us is completely confidential within the Trust and will not be shared with anyone else without your express permission. We only ever share your information if we feel that you or someone else is at risk of harm and are required to share relevant details in accordance with our Safeguarding Policy.   You can read more about confidentiality in our Confidentiality Factsheet.