Key People

It’s our team’s warm, caring demeanour and first-rate professional skills that makes Pathways Northwest the special place it is.

There’s a real passion for mental health here. The team love working with people with mental health problems and helping them move forward. They’re never afraid to try out new approaches and see innovation, care and patience as the key to success.

Our Directors - Afzal Hussain, Claire Mason & Nafis Iqbal

A combined total of 65 years of qualified mental health practitioner experience between the directors provides a strong leadership and vision to Pathways Northwest. It’s this unique experience, harnessed by our directors, that informs the positive cultural and forward-thinking attitude at Pathways.

Jackie Taylor - Operations Manager

Jackie trained as a registered learning disability nurse in the early 80s. Her career path developed from student nurse to Ward Manager, where she became actively involved in the initiative to resettle people into the community rather than long-stay residential institutional care. Jackie has also had experience working in a forensic psychiatric hospital, as a Ward Manager, and in a care home, as Manager.

Jackie joined Pathways Northwest as Operations Manager in October 2015. Her role involves quality assurance and optimising compliance with CQC standards and legislation.

Kate Portman RMN, Adv Cert CBT, PGDip CT – Psychological Therapist

Kate has many years’ experience working with individuals with severe, enduring mental health problems and personality disorders. She also has a particular experience working with trauma, as well as psychosis. Prior to joining Pathways North West she worked in the NHS and privately.

As a Psychological Therapist at Pathways Northwest, Kate offers formulation, consultation, training and supervision within the organisation as well as individual and group therapies for service users.

Christine Stonehewer, BSC (Hons) OT - Registered Manager, Whalley Road

Christine is a qualified occupational therapist. This means that she is skilled in supporting individuals to become as independent as possible through engagement in activities that are meaningful to them. Her prior experience includes work with the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team, within secure mental health services and an acute mental health hospital. She has also worked as a support coordinator, supporting staff to deliver person centred care to individuals with learning disabilities in their own homes.

At Pathways Northwest, Christine builds opportunities for service users to engage in activities that they enjoy at the home and within the community.

Shannon Robinson – RNLD Deputy Manager, Whalley Road

Shannon qualified as a RNLD in 2014. Prior to her training she has worked within a range of different services with individuals who have mental health and learning disabilities. These include supportive living homes, day centers, respite care, domiciliary care, forensic units and outreach community services.

Shannon’s first job role on qualifying was working within a respite center with children who have complex and challenging behavior. Then out in the community working 1:1 and 2:1 within different client packages who could challenge.

Lindsay Hood BSC (Hons) RNLD – Registered Manager, Blackburn Road

Lindsay studied professional studies in Nursing and Social Work at Salford University, graduating in 2010. She is a registered Learning Disability Nurse and trained Social Worker and has gained experience working in both managerial and nursing positions – including Staff Nurse, Clinical Nurse Manager, Clinical Team Leader and Hospital Assistant Manager.

At Pathways Northwest, Lindsay works in a proactive manner, focusing upon positive behavioural support and the recovery model. She leads and supports staff teams here to ensure excellent care delivery.

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