NHS Ayrshire and Arran

The EC4H programme in NHS Ayrshire and Arran offers a range of workshops. Please contact us for more information or to discuss your training requirements.

Dr Alison Spiers

Lead Tutor

Alison Spiers is a consultant in intensive care and works in both the intensive care and medical high dependency units in Crosshouse Hospital. Talking about dying and treatment choices is a daily part of her work and the challenges involved prompted her to seek further training in communication skills.  Inspired by an EC4H course in 2015, she subsequently trained as a tutor in order to share learning experiences more locally. Her special interest is in end of life decision-making and care in acute hospitals and the fundamental role of communication in this context.

Dr Viv Franklin

Lead EC4H Being Open Tutor

Dr Vivian Franklin has been a consultant in obstetrics in Ayrshire since 2011. She is the lead for Maternity Clinical Risk Management and has worked with the EC4H team to implement the Being Open process in maternity services in Ayrshire since 2018. Through this she undertook EC4H tutor training with a focus on the Being Open process. GMC no - 4706207

Dr Marisa Forte

EC4H Tutor

Dr Marisa Forte is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Perinatal Mental Health and the Clinical Lead for the Maternity and Neonatal Psychological Interventions Service in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Dr Forte provides teaching on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme at the University of Glasgow. She trained as an EC4H tutor in 2019

Lesley Darroch

EC4H Tutor

Lesley Darroch is Practice Development Facilitator in Women’s and Children’s Services in NHS Ayrshire & Arran. She has a keen interest in effective communication with women and families. She trained as an EC4H tutor in 2019 so that she could support further learning.

Dr Fiona Dennison

EC4H Tutor

Dr Fiona Dennison is a Consultant Obstetrician with a special interest in maternal and fetal medicine at Ayrshire Maternity unit, Crosshouse Hospital. She also has an interest in teaching, receiving a Certificate of Postgraduate Medical Education in 2014 and completed EC4H communication tutor training in 2019. GMC: 6099824

Dr Esther Murray

EC4H Senior Tutor

Dr Esther Murray in a Consultant in Clinical Psychologist in Ayrshire & Arran. She joined the EC4H tutor team in 2016