The Team

The NBCN is managed by a small dedicated Network Management Team.  Their role is to develop a work plan to address regional and national issues related to burn care. 

The team works closely with Service Clinical Leads, Senior Nurses, Lead Therapists and Psychologists from each of the Burn Care Services within the network to ensure work plan objectives are achieved.


Joanne Gaffing - Network Manager

Joanne Gaffing - Network Manager

Joanne has worked in the NHS since 2009 – beginning her career in administration and clinical support, before qualifying as a registered nurse. She has experience of both operational and quality improvement across a range of NHS services, delivering measurable outcomes in improved patient care. Her immediate priority when she came into post on 1 November 2022 was to continue rebuild the network, looking at collaboration between all services and making connections across the wider system.

Clinical Lead - Ascanio Tridente

Ascanio Tridente - Clinical Lead

Ascanio joined the network as Clinical Lead in April 2022. He is a physician and intensive
care consultant, Clinical Director of Research, Development and Innovation, and former

Clinical Director of Critical Care at St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust. He has recently been re-elected as a Trustee of the British Burns Association and contributed to the review of the BBA burns care standards. He is currently the national co-lead for Careers in Intensive Care for the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. He is a visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University (department of Health Sciences). His interests include medical research and innovation, leadership, education and professionalism.

Fiona Toland-Mitchell

Fional Toland-Mitchell - Allied Health Professional Lead

Fiona joined the Network as Lead AHP in May 2022. She is an Occupational Therapist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle Upon Tyne having worked there within Burns for over 25 years. Prior to this, she worked in a variety of Acute, Rehab and Mental Health roles as an OT. For the past 20 years she has worked within the Burns Outreach team with Adults and Paediatrics across the North East and Cumbria. Work interests include scar 
management and burn aftercare with a strong emphasis on MDT working. She is involved with regional teaching, represent the Network and AHPs on national agendas and have contributed in the past and currently to the revised Standards of Physiotherapy 
and Occupational Therapy in the Management of Burn Injured Adults and Children.

Emma Hodkinson - Psychology Lead

Emma Hodgkinson - Psychology Lead

Emma joined the Network as Lead Psychologist in April 2022. She has been a Clinical Psychologist working with children and adults in the Northern Regional Burns Service (Newcastle upon Tyne) since 2014. Alongside direct patient care Emma provides support, teaching and training to the multidisciplinary team, and co-supervises trainee clinical psychologists on specialist placements in the burns service. She undertakes an active role in service development – she is currently leading on a national burns patient experience evaluation project and has supported other activities such as the review of the burn care standards and specifications.
Jacky Edwards - Nurse Lead

Jacky Edwards - Nurse Lead

Jacky joined the Network as Lead Nurse in August 2023.  She worked in burns at Manchester since 1987 and was the country's first Consultant Nurse. As part of this role she developed the first Burns Outreach Team and the Manchester Burns Course.  Having been the Treasurer of the BBA for a number of years, she then went on to sit on the Burns CRG and laterally Major Trauma and Burns CRG, where she facilitated the development of the CONOPS Burns Annex, the implementation of Burns Incident Response Teams and the Burns Quality Dashboard.  Since “retirement” she has continued to attend national burns meetings including the new burn care standards and burns outcomes meetings.  She also works part of the week on the National Wound Care Strategy leading on surgical wounds and education and workforce.

Mollie Baylon-Jones - Business Support Assistant

Mollie Baylon-Jones - Business Support Assistant

Mollie joined the network as a Business Support Assistant in June 2023, and has been working to support the delivery of projects in NHSE since 2022. As part of this role, Mollie is to ensure smooth and efficient running of day to day operations, while keeping things organised and on track - meaning other members of the team can focus on their core tasks and responsibilities.

Mollie is currently in her final year at Manchester Metropolitan University studying Business Management with Law, and is hoping to combine her legal and business acumen to create the best support for the team.