We are a team of 3 Adult Physicians working within the Exeter CF multidisciplinary team:
Dr Lee Dobson, Dr Nick Withers and Dr Chris Sheldon.
Dr Withers was appointed as Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and CF in 2000. He is currently lead for adult CF services in Exeter and adult lead for the CF Trust research trials programme.
Dr Sheldon is the most longstanding member of the team appointed as Consultant in Respiratory medicine and CF. He has worked hard to establish and develop the Exeter CF centre and his active research ethic has supported our selection as a CF clinical trials network site.
Dr Dobson completed his MD thesis in CF related Diabetes in 2003. He was appointed as Consultant in Respiratory medicine at Torbay Hospital in 2003 and has subsequently moved to join the Exeter team in 2017.
Between us we have a depth of experience in CF care . Our aim is to provide excellent specialist care to enable young people and adults with CF to maintain the best possible health and participate as fully as possible in normal activities and aspirations including family life, Further education, work and leisure. We have a well established clinical research program and Exeter is an accredited site for the CF Clinical trials network helping to promote on going improvements in health care in CF.
Dr Cressida Aukland is our Microbiology Consultant lead supporting the complex microbiological needs associated with CF. We endeavour to comply with laboratory standards and CF trust microbiological standards of care. There is local research interest into the CF micro biome.
The CF specialist nursing service has a key role in supporting young people and adults with Cystic Fibrosis. Our role allows us to be here for you in all aspects of your care through outpatient clinics, in the community and on the ward during any admissions to hospital.
We aim to ensure that you receive the highest level of nursing care. Our role is wide and varies from specialist nursing care around practical procedures, such as care of intravenous lines, gastrostomy care, checking drug levels etc, through to helping support your access to further education and employment, signposting you to appropriate financial support, and coordinating access to other services as needed to ensure you receive the right advice and support in each setting.
As Specialist Nurses we are your first point of contact if you have any concerns or worries, please contact us.
Our team covers both adults and children and comprises of lead physiotherapist, Jayne Trott, and four specialist physiotherapists. Between them they have a vast range of expertese to support your needs. Alice and Jayne have coauthored the 2020 Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (ACPCF) CF Physio guidelines improving and updating CF care nationwide.
Helen Speedy is based in North Devon and provides your Outpatient and Community support in that area.
We also have a full time Exercise Therapist, Tom, who completes your exercise tests and offers support with individual exercise programmes.
Please see our Adult CF Physiotherapy Services section for further information.
Our CF dietician service supports care for all ages from infancy to adulthood. We currently consist of experienced team lead Marie Barret and colleague Martina Bartus. Penny Jarman who has been with us for many years has just retiried from the team and we wish her all the best in her retirement!
As a service we are available for you to support all aspects of CF nutritional care from infant feeding and weaning through to more specialist nutritional support advice through teenage and adult life. We will be part of your multidisciplinary reviews in outpatients, in the community and during hospital stays. We work closely with our diabetic teams for those with CF Diabetes to optimise nutrition.
Please see our Nutritional Support section for further information and access to CF trust resources.
Psychological care is an essential part of any effective treatment plan for a life limiting medical condition such as Cystic Fibrosis.
Many individuals with Cystic Fibrosis develop effective coping skills to manage the physical symptoms, treatment burden, psychological and social factors that can have a negative impact on quality of life. At other times, these demands can feel more challenging, and higher levels of anxiety and depression are common in individuals with Cystic Fibrosis and their caregivers. This can be just as damaging to a person’s quality of life as the physical effects of the illness.
Please see our Psychology in the Adult CF Team section for further information.
We have a dedicated CF Pharmacist working with us in our team here in Exeter.
They are able to work with us to ensure the best combinations of medicines for your needs, help us to introduce new CF drugs as they become available and to help support delivery of home care services as you need them.
We have a lot of support behind the scenes to ensure a smooth running of the service including secretarial support, data clerks and research nurses amongst others.
James Rutherford is our Cluster manager for CF services freeing up the team to focus on delivering high quality clinical care.
We have close links to many other services within the hospital:
From Paediatiric Endocrinology for support with CF related Diabetes, through to ENT, General Surgery, Intervential radiology and Fertility services amongst others.