Changing the focus of Conversations about Transition with YP – A co-produced training for HCPs

Lesley Cavalli

Lesley works as the Lead Practice Educator for the Me First Project for two days a week and joined the team 18 months ago. For the rest of the week she is the Lead for the Speech and Language Therapy Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital retaining a clinical specialism in functional neurological voice disorders and chronic airway disorders. She also holds a lectureship at University College London, teaching and coordinating the voice disorders programme.

Over the past five years, Lesley has been working closely with groups of young people with chronic voice disorders, profiling and advocating for their needs as they transition into adulthood. The Me first project has brought opportunity to support healthcare staff to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to embed young person centred conversations around tough topics into their practice at all points of delivery. Lesley strongly believes that co-production and co-delivery are essential to ensuring that the intelligence of young people is translated into high quality training and it has been a pleasure to develop the Me first training on Transition following these principles and with such a terrific team.


Rachel Naunton

Rachel works as a practice facilitator for Me first alongside her clinical role as a specialist paediatric physiotherapist. She has extensive experience working with children and young people of varying ages and abilities in a variety of clinical fields and settings. Rachel has always been interested in communication and is passionate about improving children and young peoples’ experiences in health and social care.

Rachel enjoys teaching and developing training programmes and resources to help promote and embed children and young people centred communication in health and social care. Clinically Rachel specialises in a mental health at Great Ormond Street Hospital which has provided ample opportunity for developing tools and skills for tough conversations.

Rachel is currently supporting Me first to develop a new module in Transition as well as developing a network of Me first Champions to support professionals with their ongoing development. Rachel is also leading a network across the UK for AHPs working with functional disorders. Outside of work Rachel loves dancing, music and cooking.

Rashaun Pacquette-Simpson

Rashaun works is a Young trainer & Advisor for Me first alongside working as a mental health recovery trainer for South London Maudsley (SLAM) and a peer mentor for Southwark council. Rashaun has worked 8 years as a young people’s participation support worker collecting data around service user experiences in physical and mental health service. Rashaun developed an interest in service user engagement after using services as a child and adolescence where she learnt first-hand the importance of involving child and young people in their care.  Good communication can help child and young people to understand the intervention and treatment they are undergoing as well as have autonomy in their medical journey; this is why Rashaun believes strongly in the Me first projects’ principle of child cantered communication as a key concipient to improving patient experience.  In her free time Rashaun still practices within her art and fashion background using art as a creative  form to reduce stress and is currently looking into studying an art therapy course to further her career.