Who We Are

Meet the Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership team...

Dr Claire Spice - Consultant Physician, Portsmouth NHS Trust
Project Lead - UK
Dr Claire Spice is a Consultant Physician in Elderly Medicine at Portsmouth. She held the position of Clinical Director (Governance) for Medicine for Older Persons, Rehabilitation and Stroke between 2011-2016.  She has been involved in the clinical management of patients with stroke throughout her training until 2012.  Claire lived and worked in Ghana between 2004 -2006 as a Physician Specialist at Ridge Hospital, Accra. She is a founding member of the Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership and visited Ghana in 2011.


Dr Albert Akpalu Consultant Physician/Neurologist, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana
Project Lead – Ghana
Dr Albert Akpalu is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Ghana and Head of Neurology and Neurophysiology, KBTH. He was the first head of the Stroke unit at KBTH 2014-2016 and takes a keen interest in stroke education and MDT team care in conjunction with the Wessex-Ghana stroke partnership. He is currently the PI of SIREN Phenomics (Stroke Investigative Research Network) – the largest study on stroke in Africa. Dr Akpalu holds an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience (ION,UCL) and FRCP(Lon)

Dr Lucy Sykes – Consultant Physician, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Dr. Lucy Sykes qualified from Trinity College, Oxford in 2003 and since then has worked in both the UK and Australia.  She holds MRCP (UK) Geriatric Medicine, and works as a Consultant Stroke Physician at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK.  As well as clinical medicine, Lucy has an active interest in Medical Education and the positive impact of this on patient care within a health service.  Lucy has been part of the Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership since 2011, becoming enthusiastically involved with multiple aspects of the Partnership's progress including numerous visits to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana.

Dr Kodwo Nkromah – Consultant Physician, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana
Dr Nkromah is the current head of the Stroke Unit and is a Consultant Neurologist and Lead Clinician in the Department of Medicine. Dr Nkromah has a keen interest in stroke management and research and was one of the key leads of the MDT to visit the UK under the Wessex-Ghana Stroke Partnership. Dr Nkromah is a fellow of the West Africa College of Physicians


Clare Gordon – Consultant Nurse, Royal Bournemouth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Clare Gordon, Consultant Nurse MSc, BSc (Hons), trained at Southampton University and qualified as an adult nurse in 1998.  Since 1999 she has worked with neurological patients, and has over 15 years of working within stroke care.  She has experience in both acute and rehabilitation stroke care, and more recently has developed an interest in continence care and qualitative aspects of health care.  Clare has been part of the Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership since 2010.

Faustina Okine – Lead Stroke Nurse, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana.Deputy Director of Nursing Services for the stroke Unit.
Faustina has worked in the Department of Medicine managing patients with medical conditions as well as stroke patients. She has been a member of the Wessex-Ghana Stroke Partnership since 2009, and is the nursing lead for the Ghana team. Faustina paid a visit to the UK (Bournemouth and Portsmouth Hospitals) in 2012 for two weeks sponsored by the Wessex-Ghana Stroke Partnership for observation of care. She has an interest in stroke management and family education, and also rehabilitation for continuity of care until recovery.

Louise Johnson– Consultant Physiotherapist, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Louise is a Consultant Therapist in Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, UK.  She has worked in stroke care for almost 10 years, with experience across both acute and community services.  She completed her PhD (Motor Learning) at the University of Southampton in 2014.  Louise was involved in the initial visit to Accra in 2009, and has been actively involved in the partnership ever since.

Julia Mardo – Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Julia works as a Clinical Specialist physiotherapist in community stroke rehabilitation for Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, UK and is a graduate of Health Education Wessex’s Consultant Practitioner development programme.  Julia has been a member of the partnership since 2012.

Emily Rogers – Research Physiotherapist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, UK
Emily currently works as a research physiotherapist in stroke. She has completed an MSc in Health & Rehabilitation, and prior to this worked with brain injury and stroke patients in both the acute and rehabilitation settings for 8 years. Emily has been a part of the Wessex-Ghana partnership since 2010, and has enjoyed working at Korle-Bu Hospital during her 5 visits there.

Cynthia Cudjoe, Stroke Lead Physiotherapist, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana. A Principal physiotherapist
Cynthia holds a Bsc in Physiotherapy from the University of Ghana and is a clinical supervisor for the School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Ghana. She has been part of the Wessex-Ghana partnership since its inception in 2009 and is the physiotherapy lead for the stroke unit. She was sponsored by the partnership for a two-week placement in 2012 at Bournemouth and Portsmouth Hospitals, UK. Cynthia has an interest in acute stroke rehabilitation and research. She is currently leading the physiotherapy team to conduct research on the effectiveness of physiotherapy on stroke survivors at the stroke unit and the General Medical ward.

Ruth Laraya, Administrative Support, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana
Ruth is a senior research assistant in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Ghana. She has been handling data and administrative aspects of the Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership since 2012. She is also study site coordinator of SIREN (Stroke Investigative Research Network) in Accra. Ruth has a BSc in Biochemistry and is currently pursuing an MPhil in Physiology. 

Sarah Easton – Stroke Service manager and Speech and Language Therapist – Retired
Sarah has worked in stroke care, across acute and community services, throughout her career as a speech and language therapist and more recently as a stroke service manager.  Sarah has been involved since the initial development of the partnership, and despite her move to the north-west of England, has continued to visit since 2009.

Liz Cullen – Clinical Network Manager, Wessex Strategic Clinical Network, UK
Liz is an Occupational Therapist by clinical background and has worked in stroke care for over 10 years with experience across the whole stroke pathway. She now works in quality improvement and having led on Cardiovascular and Rehabilitation she is currently taking on the new challenge of leading on maternity, children and young people and mental health. However her passion lies in stroke and she has kept strong links in this area, including the role of Programme Lead for Consultant Practitioner Development in Stroke at Health Education Wessex, and completing her Doctorate in Clinical Practice focusing on the area of stroke and vocational rehabilitation in 2016. Liz was involved in the initial visit to Accra in 2009 and re-joined the Partnership team in 2014.

Jenny Moye, Senior Occupational Therapist, First Community Health and Care, UK
Jenny graduated from Southampton University as an occupational therapist in 2004. She is a clinical lead in community neurological rehabilitation services for First Community Health and Care in East Surrey.  Jenny has seven years experience working in stroke rehabilitation across acute and community services.  She has just completed a Masters in Clinical Research at Brighton University, exploring seating provision after stroke.  Jenny joined the partnership in January 2015 and visited Korle-Bu Hospital twice that year.

Keri Darrock, Speech and Language Therapist, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Keri graduated from University College London as a Speech and Language Therapist in June 2013. She is part of the Neurotherapy team at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, UK. Keri has been a member of the Wessex-Ghana partnership since January 2015. 

Dorothy Anane, Stroke Unit Matron, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana

Dorothy has worked as a general nurse (adults) in the Korle-Bu teaching hospital for 25 years. A registered nurse with qualifications in midwifery, psychology and education, she is currently working as ward matron of the stroke unit and as THET clinical educator (Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership). She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nursing, Fellow West Africa College of Nurses and foundation fellow of Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives Association.

Claire Fullbrook-Scanlon, Matron/Senior Lecturer in Stroke, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Claire qualified as a registered general nurse from Frenchay Hospital, Bristol in 1989. Her qualifications include, BSc(Hons) in Community Nursing, MSc Public Health, and Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She worked in acute psychiatry of old age, and as a ward manager of the elderly ward before becoming involved in research. In 2003 Claire became a Consultant Nurse in Stroke Care at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and also works as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health & Social Care, University of the West of England. She joined the partnership in January 2015. 

“We believe that through liaising with health professionals in developing countries, we in the NHS can be reminded of the core values of healthcare in its broadest sense and reaffirm that many of the most effective health care interventions are still relatively inexpensive and within the grasp of most people in the world.” - WGSP Team, 2009

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