Clinical & Operations Team
Medical Director – Dr Maggie Kirk
Dr Maggie Kirk has worked for over 20 years as a GP with a special interest in homelessness and addictions. Since 2003 she has enjoyed being part of the Crescent Providence Surgery, Boscombe, in an area of high deprivation. Seeing how hard it is for people to engage with traditional health services whilst homeless, has led to Dr Kirk launching the HealthBus in 2016. She has subsequently pioneered the development of hospital homeless care teams in Bournemouth and Poole. The HealthBus team have encouraged a hub and spoke style approach to care with multiple public, private and third sector teams united by their desire to see an end to health inequalities. Dr Kirk’s vision of accessible and appropriate healthcare for people experiencing homelessness has been recognised as a transferable model with the potential to improve care for other marginalised groups.
Operations Director – Kate Hibbitt
Kate Hibbitt joined the HealthBus Team in 2018 and is Operations Director & CQC Registered Manager for the Trust. She brings a wealth of experience and skills to her role at the HealthBus, having previously worked in both charitable and commercial sectors. Kate is passionate about providing accessible, high-quality, patient-centred healthcare for people experiencing homelessness. Using an innovative approach, she has focused on clinical delivery and strategic management through strong partnerships with multidisciplinary teams and non-statutory organisations. Over the past five years, she has grown the organisation from small beginnings to a strong and respected charity within the local community. The HealthBus is now gaining national interest and recognition with its unique service delivery alongside securing CQC registration. For Kate, reducing health inequalities, removing barriers and advocating for those with little voice drives her ambitions for the HealthBus Trust and the patients it seeks to serve.
HealthBus GP – Dr Sarah Williams
Dr Sarah Williams has been a GP since 2016 and works at Ringwood Medical Centre as a salaried GP. With a particular interest in mental health, she joined the HealthBus Team in October 2021. Sarah will be out and about in the mobile clinic seeing patients in different locations around Bournemouth. She is eager to address the health inequalities often faced by people experiencing street homelessness, or living in temporary accommodation.
HealthBus GP – Dr Mohammad Tamimi
With over 5 years of experience in Hospital Medicine, Dr Tamimi set off to pursue GP training which he started in 2019. He began as a volunteer at the HealthBus in early 2020, before he took on a ‘Health Equity’ clinical fellowship being piloted by his training organisation in the region. The fellowship will pave the way for many more GP trainees to join our team in the future. Dr Tamimi believes in empowering his patients and allowing individuals living with chronic illness to regain control of their lives and wellbeing. During his free time, he takes the opportunity to provide patient education sessions at the YMCA.
Engagement & Enhancement Outreach Nurse – Chrissie Croucher
Chrissie has over 30 years of experience in nursing working in hospitals and community-based settings with those battling addictions and homelessness. Chrissie’s experience has allowed her to work with multiple services across BCP allowing her to bring healthcare to those in need professionally. Chrissie joined the HealthBus in 2021 as the Engagement and Enhancement Outreach Nurse and is passionate about caring for marginalised individuals, breaking down some barriers that stop people from accessing healthcare. Alongside her clinical responsibilities, Chrissie also leads the outreach work to bring support to those who need it most.
Practice Outreach Nurse – Carole Lucas
Carole has worked for the NHS for over 35 years starting out in a local private hospital and then moving on to learning disabilities secure unit with severely challenging behaviour as a healthcare assistant. Carole has 20 years of experience in hospital emergency departments where she qualified as a nurse and then as a Sister. Whilst working in the hospital her passion for the most vulnerable in society grew which enabled her to become the homeless lead in the emergency department. Now she is developing her healthcare passion and undertaking her journey as a Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner in a local GP surgery and currently studying at university. Carole is committed in seeing those who are experiencing homelessness over come barriers of healthcare and addictions.
Physician Associate – Tom Mills
Tom joined the HealthBus in October 2023. Tom is undertaking his MA studies and has qualified as a Physician Associate and is currently working in RBH in A&E. Tom is passionate about specialist homeless healthcare and seeks to gain more experience as he begins his career as a clinician.
Social Prescriber Link Worker – Sam Freeman
Sam joined the HealthBus in May 2022, with a wealth of experience in mental health. Sam has worked for BCHA for seven years as mental health worker alongside supporting victims of human trafficking. Her experience includes working for the local authority and also the prison service. Sam is committed in seeing people overcoming personal barriers to meet their full potential.
Specialist Mental Health Nurse – Rachel Meaden
Rachel joined the HealthBus in March 2023. She has worked as a Mental Health Nurse for the past 9 years, specialising in addiction and homelessness. Rachel is passionate and committed to raising awareness and working with some of the specific mental health needs of people experiencing homelessness. She believes that these needs are often unable to be met through mainstream mental health services and can often be a complex contributor to the homelessness cycle.
Finance Manager – Helen Hills
Helen joined the HealthBus team in March 2020 as Finance Manager. She has extensive accounting experience in industry and accounting practices, as well as being Treasurer of another charity. Her role is to free up the Frontline Team by dealing with all aspects of the charity’s financial procedures, so they can focus on the vital work they carry out for their patients.
Volunteer & Project Coordinator – Bels Wathen
Bels joined the HealthBus team as a volunteer in March 2022. Bels helps small businesses grow and specialises in people’s development, company culture and enhancing company values. Her career began in finance, enabling her to travel and work in large corporates with a diverse population. This experience helped her to build training programmes for global companies, whilst working for an interpersonal skills company. She has been a board member for over 15 years and is an energetic facilitator, meeting challenges with humour, enthusiasm, and compassion. Her mission is to leave the planet slightly better than when she arrived. Bels believes in equality, security and opportunity for all.
Head of Fundraising & Marketing – Deano Pickering
Deano joined the HealthBus team in October 2019, with over 22 years of professional practice across the charity, creative and educational sectors as a development and strategic manager. Deano is passionate about educating others about the unmet needs of those that are most vulnerable, whilst supporting marginalised groups with a ‘voice’. He implements and manages the HealthBus marketing and fundraising campaigns in order to raise awareness and essential donations. Deano is also committed to creative design and works with the team to ensure a unified branding strategy is applied to all of HealthBus’s public content.