Meet the Integrative Therapies Training Unit team

The ITTU team

Dr Jacqui Stringer PhD, RGN, MIFPA, Winston Churchill Fellow

Jacqui is the clinical and research lead for the complementary health and wellbeing service at The Christie NHS Trust. Besides leading the team of complementary therapists, she has also been working clinically herself with essential oils since 1997.

Jacqui's clinical focus is the management of patients with complex physiological and/or psychological needs, at all stages of their treatment. The role includes maintaining a clinical case load where essential oil preparations are used with standard licensed medications to facilitate maximum healing and symptom support.

In addition to her clinical duties, Jacqui leads on the department’s research programme as a central part of her role. Fundamental to her leadership is addressing the issue of sustainability when choosing essential oils, for use in both the clinical and research setting.

Ann Carter BA. Dip. Health Ed., Cert. Ed., Cert. NLP., Dip. NM*

Ann’s background is in training and health promotion and she has worked as a complementary therapist and teacher since 1989. She first became involved in working with people who have cancer in 1993 when she joined the staff of the Neil Cliffe Centre in Manchester as an aromatherapist.

At the Neil Cliffe Centre, Ann became involved in numerous therapeutic activities. These involved aromatherapy, massage, and providing relaxation sessions for patient groups and individuals. To meet the needs of individuals at different stages of illness, Ann developed a therapeutic approach called ‘HEARTS’, standing for Hands on, Empathy, Aromatherapy, Relaxation, Textures and Sound. Ann she has run many 2-day workshops to train therapists and health care professionals to use this approach.

From 2000 to 2008, Ann co-ordinated the complementary therapy service across the 3 sites of St Ann’s Hospice in Manchester, (including the Neil Cliffe Centre). She has also worked as a senior complementary therapist at The Christie and has played a significant role as education co-lead for the Integrative Therapies Training Programme. This role involved programme planning and devising some of the courses for developing the therapeutic skills of complementary therapists.

Ann has also devised and facilitated many patient groups. Topics for these patient groups have included stress management, oncology massage, relaxation skills, managing fatigue and positive approaches to managing anxiety.

Ann has co-edited 3 books with Dr Peter Mackereth. The most recent are ‘Aromatherapy, Massage and Relaxation in Cancer Care’ (2017) and ‘Combining Touch and Relaxation Skills for Cancer Care: The HEARTS Process’ (2019). She has also contributed numerous articles and chapters to complementary therapy journals, books and the relevant media.  

Dr Peter A Mackereth PhD, MA, Dip Nursing, Cert Ed., RN - honorary lecturer and researcher at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and COVID-19 vaccination nurse at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Peter has worked as a nurse in intensive care, neurology and oncology. He has also been a lecturer and reader within the university setting.

Peter has an MA in Medical Ethics and has completed a PhD project examining reflexology vs. relaxation training for people with Multiple Sclerosis. He has trained in medical acupuncture, clinical hypnotherapy, aromatherapy/oncology massage, biodynamic bodywork and reflexology.

As well as his numerous training skillsets, Peter has authored a number of papers and books and speaks nationally and internationally on complementary therapies, cancer care and smoking cessation.

For 15 years, Peter led the complementary health and wellbeing Team at The Christie across 3 clinical sites in Manchester. He established and evaluated a staff therapy service and has been providing clinical supervision to nurses and therapists for over 20 years.

Peter’s recent and ongoing studies include evaluating interventions for needle anxiety and phobia, fatigue, smoking cessation, peripheral neuropathy and lung cancer related breathlessness.

Jennifer Charlton BA, BWYDip, MIFPA, QIMT - BWY Yoga Teacher and complementary therapist

Jennifer is a highly qualified complementary therapist with 20 years’ experience. Jenny has provided therapies in several hospice and cancer care settings, coordinated a complementary therapy service and managed a volunteer-led public health project.

She has a passion for teaching and has lectured at degree level to both complementary therapy and nursing students. She is a fully qualified yoga teacher with experience teaching students with life limiting and life threatening illnesses as well as classes for the general public. 

She is the diploma programme lead for ITTU here at The Christie where she supports students with their written work for the ITTU diplomas. She runs her own private business providing complementary therapy treatments and yoga classes to the general public. 

Last updated: May 2022