Meet Cheshire and Merseyside’s team of Cancer Screening Coordinators

Cheshire and Merseyside’s Bowel and Breast Screening Improvement Project, one of three screening improvement projects funded by the Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance and led and implemented by the Collaborative, is celebrating the successful recruitment of five local cancer screening coordinators.

The coordinators are based in local trusts and will be working to engage with local communities to increase the uptake of screening for either bowel or breast cancer, by providing information and guidance for those who may need support whilst on their screening journey.

Find out more about these coordinators, what encouraged them to take up the role and why screening matters to them.  

Lloyd Downing
Breast Screening Coordinator

East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield District General Hospital
(Covering Mid Cheshire)

Tel: 07919 407905 (Work Mobile)

I graduated from university with a Master’s degree in Public Health and have always had a huge interest in health promotion and creating materials and interventions for promoting a service or raising awareness.

When I was informed of the Breast Cancer Screening Coordinator role, I had to apply for it. It sounded like the perfect opportunity for me to put into practice what I have learned over the last five years, exploring new, modern methods of health promotion.

I love being able to engage with the public and helping promote a service which is so important and crucial in saving as many lives as possible.

Working on increasing the uptake of the breast screening service is a huge privilege to me, as knowing that we have the capability to and are going to be increasing the uptake.

We’re doing this by educating people about breast cancer and encouraging them to attend screening and knowing that we can make a difference and save lives is an incredible feeling.

I want to be able to continue doing everything that we can to increase the uptake as much as possible.

Sara Clarke
Breast Screening Coordinator

East Cheshire NHS Trust
(Covering East Cheshire and Stockport)


I applied to become a Breast Cancer Screening Coordinator because the role sounded exciting, flexible and a position that I could take ownership of. It appeared to be a role that I could utilise my range of skills and hopefully see a change of attitude and improve the uptake of breast cancer screening in women.

I understand that there are different barriers that women are facing in order to attend a screening appointment.

I feel it is important to help to bring down these barriers, make screening easier to access and ensure that the correct education is being given to women across all cultures and social backgrounds.

Alicia Shipperlee
Breast Screening Coordinator

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
(Covering Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley)

Tel: 07833 726226 (Work Mobile)

I previously worked within the Breast Unit at the Linda McCartney Centre for the past 12 years.

I applied to become a Breast Cancer Screening Coordinator because I have personally experienced breast cancer. On my return from my treatment, I had been wanting a more demanding role. The coordinator role allows me to use my knowledge and personal experience in a positive way, to encourage as many ladies as I can to attend their screening appointment.

We need to catch breast cancer at its earliest stage. I am aware that the uptake in some areas is less than in others. We know they all have reasons, and often a perfect excuse for not attending, I look forward to the challenge of providing them with the perfect answer, and through positive information to remove their fear.

I look forward to working with all necessary agencies to improve the take up of appointments, whilst striving for equality across the board.

Jennifer Doyle
Breast Screening Coordinator

Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
(Covering Warrington, Halton, St Helens and Knowsley)

Tel: 01925 275500 (Internal Ext: 5894)

I applied to become a Breast Cancer Screening Coordinator because I wanted to use my engagement and communication skills from previous employment, incorporating them into the new role. I also wanted to return to working for the public and for the NHS.

I am passionate about engaging with and helping people.

Breast cancer has affected me on a personal level and I have seen the impact confirmed cancer diagnosis has which could have been avoided through attending routine screening.

I am enthusiastic and motivated in creating awareness and assisting in the education of such an important screening process through my experience of events management and marketing.

Alysha Hughes
Bowel Cancer Screening Coordinator

Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
(Covering Southport and Ormskirk, Merseyside, St Helens, Knowsley, North Cheshire/Warrington and Halton)

Tel: 0151 529 5222

In my previous role, I was the Endoscopy Administration Team Leader and I also did admin support for the Bowel Screening Wales programme. I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the Specialist Screening Practitioner’s in Wales, however, the role was not available for full-time hours.

I then decided I wanted to leave North Wales and move back to Liverpool, to then see the Bowel Cancer Screening Coordinator position become available and I instantly applied for the role.

I was determined to do well in the interview and ensured I did plenty of research prior to increase my chances on being appointed.

I was delighted to receive the news I had been offered the position and couldn’t wait to start this new chapter in my life in Liverpool and a new Trust.

I am extremely passionate when it comes to helping patients through their cancer pathway and early diagnoses. It is quite close to home as my auntie had triple negative breast cancer in 2017, followed by triple negative breast cancer and metastatic brain tumour in 2020. The effect this has had on her long-term has made me want to do more for those who are diagnosed, and cancer screening programmes are a great way to help prevent and reduce the chances.

A great benefit to screening programmes is if a patient is diagnosed, it is detected at an early stage which again can lead to a better outcome once treated, which myself and my family are lucky to say happened for my auntie.

I am excited for this opportunity and dedicated to help improve the uptake for bowel cancer screening and if I can make a difference to at least one person’s view on screening programmes then I will be exceptionally happy.

To find out more about the Collaborative’s Cancer Screening Programme, please visit