Rachel Thomas

Respiratory Nurse Advisor
Contact Number: 029 2039 1100

Rachel joined Hugh James in July 2021 and is a Respiratory Nurse Advisor in the specialist Asbestos team. She provides expert advice and support to mesothelioma clients and their families and works closely with the support groups we work in partnership with, including HASAG, the Mavis Nye Foundation, and the national asbestos charity, Mesothelioma UK.

Rachel moved to Hugh James from her longstanding role at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, where she spent over twelve years as a Mesothelioma UK Clinical Nurse Specialist. During her time there, Rachel worked with many of the leading law firms to ensure that patients have access to expert legal advice and support.

Rachel initially specialised in the care of patients diagnosed with HIV and worked at St Thomas' Hospital before moving to St Bartholomew's Hospital. During this time, Rachel successfully completed a MSc in Healthcare Research at Queen Mary's University in London, and was part of the clinical trials team at St Bartholomew's Hospital. 

After four years, Rachel changed specialty to mesothelioma and lung cancer palliative care. Having worked for just over a year at the Royal Trinity Hospice to gain experience and build knowledge of palliative care, Rachel then went on to join the mesothelioma and lung cancer team at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital. It was there that Rachel built up a huge amount of knowledge about the care and treatments for both lung cancer and mesothelioma patients. 

Rachel has written articles for the British Nursing Journal and has been elected on to the Lung Cancer Nurses UK Committee. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on nursing care for lung cancer patients, and more recently, Rachel has led on the formation of a mesothelioma online directory for all lung cancer nurses to access, which brings together into one place, key information about mesothelioma and treatment.

Rachel has also built up key relationships with major pharmaceutical companies and has acted as a consultant and key opinion leader on many patient related projects. This has included presenting on several educational webinars on immunotherapy. 


  • Queen Mary's University London, MSc in Healthcare Research
  • Bournemouth University, BSc in Adult Nursing: 2000


  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing 
  • Lung Cancer Nurses UK Forum

When I was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, it was a monumental shock and caused a lot of worry for myself and the future of my family. At this time I hadn't appreciated Mesothelioma is an industrial disease. The Oncology Unit I was attending introduced me to the HASAG Asbestos Charity, they were extremely helpful and recommended Hugh James to help me pursue litigation for compensation. The first contact and interview took place at my home with Lynn Yeates, a Partner with Hugh James. Lynn reassured me the service on offer was comprehensive and the whole process was for my benefit. I was guided through the process and kept informed by letter or email and any queries I had were promptly answered. At a later stage, Rachel Thomas, a specialist respiratory nurse advisor from Hugh James visited my home to explain about ongoing problems we could encounter and recommended a care plan for my claim. Rachel also covered a lot of areas we hadn't considered and was very professional and sympathetic. I felt the whole team at Hugh James worked hard on my behalf to achieve the best deal and financial award for me and my family and I would recommend anyone was asbestos injuries to contact this specialist company. A good experience and worthy of 5 stars. Thank you to Lynn Yeates and the team at Hugh James.

Paul Sennett, 5* Trust Pilot Review