Providing the best care possible for our patients

Meet the team that make everything possible

ACCORD Hospice isn’t just a building – it is a team of people working together with a shared set of values.

Whilst the roles of our 80 staff and more than 450 volunteers are extremely varied, helping local people have quality of life, to the end of life, is our common goal.

The majority of our workforce is made up of nurses, nursing assistants, consultants and doctors in palliative medicine, as well as social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and complementary therapists. They work alongside fundraisers, the housekeeping team, catering staff, maintenance workers, administration staff and many more to ensure ACCORD is there for our community now and in the future.

Alastair Crae

Alastair Crae

Director of Finance & Governance

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Brian Hunter

Brian Hunter

Clinical Services Manager

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Barbara Garrity

Barbara Garrity

Finance & Support Services Manager

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Jacki Smart - Chief Executive

Jacki has worked in health services for many years at local and national level in Scotland and has a wealth of clinical and managerial leadership experience. That experience builds on a natural value of care and compassion, enabling people, inclusive service development and a genuine desire to serve people in need.  She had the privildge of coming to ACCORD as CEO in 2020. The Senior Management Team work closely with Jacki to lead and manage all of ACCORDs services.

Alastair Crae - Director of Finance & Governance

Educated in Greenock and Glasgow University and commenced training as a Chartered Accountant in 1983. Moved into industry as a career choice after qualifying and now has over 27 years financial, audit, company secretarial and experience in the IT and Telecoms and Oil and Gas sectors.

Brian Hunter - Clinical Services Manager

Brian started his training in 1987, qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 1990. After 7 years of varied clinical experience he joined ACCORD in 1997 as a Senior Staff Nurse. The early years saw him graduate from Paisley University with a BSc in Palliative care and subsequently went on to achieve a MN in Palliative Care from Glasgow University. He became the Charge Nurse of the Inpatient Unit in 2001, progressing to be the Clinical Services Manager in 2007.

Barbara Garrity - Finance & Support Services Manager

Barbara has the responsibility to ensure the effective and efficient provision of services including the Finance, Catering, Housekeeping, Drivers and Maintenance Departments at ACCORD. Barbara joined ACCORD in 2001 as a Finance Assistant, she holds the Chartered Management Institute Diploma in Management and Leadership. In 2011 Barbara was promoted and became part of the Senior Management Team and provides and receives support from the Chief Executive and Board of Directors.

Jacki Smart - Chief Executive

Jacki has worked in health services for many years at local and national level in Scotland and has a wealth of clinical and managerial leadership experience. That experience builds on a natural value of care and compassion, enabling people, inclusive service development and a genuine desire to serve people in need.  She had the privildge of coming to ACCORD as CEO in 2020. The Senior Management Team work closely with Jacki to lead and manage all of ACCORDs services.

Alastair Crae

Alastair Crae

Director of Finance & Governance

Alastair Crae - Director of Finance & Governance

Educated in Greenock and Glasgow University and commenced training as a Chartered Accountant in 1983. Moved into industry as a career choice after qualifying and now has over 27 years financial, audit, company secretarial and experience in the IT and Telecoms and Oil and Gas sectors.

Brian Hunter

Brian Hunter

Clinical Services Manager

Brian Hunter - Clinical Services Manager

Brian started his training in 1987, qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 1990. After 7 years of varied clinical experience he joined ACCORD in 1997 as a Senior Staff Nurse. The early years saw him graduate from Paisley University with a BSc in Palliative care and subsequently went on to achieve a MN in Palliative Care from Glasgow University. He became the Charge Nurse of the Inpatient Unit in 2001, progressing to be the Clinical Services Manager in 2007.

Barbara Garrity

Barbara Garrity

Finance & Support Services Manager

Barbara Garrity - Finance & Support Services Manager

Barbara has the responsibility to ensure the effective and efficient provision of services including the Finance, Catering, Housekeeping, Drivers and Maintenance Departments at ACCORD. Barbara joined ACCORD in 2001 as a Finance Assistant, she holds the Chartered Management Institute Diploma in Management and Leadership. In 2011 Barbara was promoted and became part of the Senior Management Team and provides and receives support from the Chief Executive and Board of Directors.

Dr David Gray

Dr David Gray

Consultant

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Dr Lindsay McNeil

Dr Lindsay McNeil

Consultant

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Dr John Walley

Dr John Walley

Consultant

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Dr David Gray - Consultant

David trained in Palliative Medicine in the West of Scotland before joining ACCORD Hospice in 2004 to commence a shared Consultant post between ACCORD and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Along with hospital and hospice colleagues he has helped develop the RAH Palliative Care Team. Over the years he has been involved with local, regional and national initiatives such as the Managed Care Network, National Advisory Group and National Palliative Care Guidelines. He feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of the team within ACCORD and the NHS and has seen the benefit that this partnership working can deliver to the people we help care for.

Dr Lindsay McNeil - Consultant

Lindsay initially joined the team as a locum in June 2014 and was appointed to a permanent post as a Consultant at ACCORD in November 2015. Lindsay trained in general medicine in Glasgow before specialising in Palliative Medicine. Lindsay is committed to developing the vision of ACCORD Hospice, which is to provide specialist palliative care according to need, to patients across Renfrewshire regardless of care setting. With a focus on person centred care, her focus is in developing work to improve access to palliative care and implementing the use of assessment tools and outcome measures to provide a means of measuring, demonstrating and improving patient care at ACCORD.

Dr John Walley - Consultant

John has been a consultant in palliative medicine since coming to ACCORD in 2007. He trained in Edinburgh, initially in hospital medicine and general practice before moving into palliative medicine. During his training he worked in a variety of specialist palliative care teams including those serving in hospital, hospice and community settings. He also developed a research interest in cancer induced bone pain, working with Professor Maire Fallon at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre. At ACCORD his main areas of responsibility are the care of people in the inpatient unit and in their own homes. Through chairing the drugs and therapeutics committee he also has a role in making sure we use medicines safely and effectively. He has an interest in education and regularly teaches those wishing to know more about palliative care.
Dr David Gray

Dr David Gray

Consultant

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Dr David Gray - Consultant

David trained in Palliative Medicine in the West of Scotland before joining ACCORD Hospice in 2004 to commence a shared Consultant post between ACCORD and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Along with hospital and hospice colleagues he has helped develop the RAH Palliative Care Team. Over the years he has been involved with local, regional and national initiatives such as the Managed Care Network, National Advisory Group and National Palliative Care Guidelines. He feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of the team within ACCORD and the NHS and has seen the benefit that this partnership working can deliver to the people we help care for.

Dr Lindsay McNeil

Dr Lindsay McNeil

Consultant

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Dr Lindsay McNeil - Consultant

Lindsay initially joined the team as a locum in June 2014 and was appointed to a permanent post as a Consultant at ACCORD in November 2015. Lindsay trained in general medicine in Glasgow before specialising in Palliative Medicine. Lindsay is committed to developing the vision of ACCORD Hospice, which is to provide specialist palliative care according to need, to patients across Renfrewshire regardless of care setting. With a focus on person centred care, her focus is in developing work to improve access to palliative care and implementing the use of assessment tools and outcome measures to provide a means of measuring, demonstrating and improving patient care at ACCORD.

Dr John Walley

Dr John Walley

Consultant

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Dr John Walley - Consultant

John has been a consultant in palliative medicine since coming to ACCORD in 2007. He trained in Edinburgh, initially in hospital medicine and general practice before moving into palliative medicine. During his training he worked in a variety of specialist palliative care teams including those serving in hospital, hospice and community settings. He also developed a research interest in cancer induced bone pain, working with Professor Maire Fallon at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre. At ACCORD his main areas of responsibility are the care of people in the inpatient unit and in their own homes. Through chairing the drugs and therapeutics committee he also has a role in making sure we use medicines safely and effectively. He has an interest in education and regularly teaches those wishing to know more about palliative care.

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