Wednesday, 23 November, 2016 - 18:00

In this event you'll get the chance to hear three speakers, all specialists in their fields, discussing different aspects of the history and current practice of palliative medicine.

Professor David Clark, Professor Derek Doyle and Professor Bee Wee will delve into the past, present and future of palliative care from its early origins to modern technical and therapeutic advances.

Professor David Clark

In 2014 Professor Clark formed the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group. In 2016 he served as Consulting Editor to the Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care. He now holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award (2015-19) and leads a project entitled Global Interventions at the End of Life, which is focussed on a critical assessment of end of life care issues around the world. Professor Clark has recently written a book, To Comfort Always (link is external), on the history of palliative medicine.

Professor Derek Doyle

Professor Doyle was working as a family doctor in Edinburgh when, with others, he began to explore establishing a hospice in Edinburgh which would provide care to those at the end of life and engage in teaching and research. Their goal was realised in 1977 when St Columba’s Hospice was opened and Professor Doyle became its first Medical Director. Professor Doyle then developed training programmes for palliative medicine. Crucially, he worked to gain recognition for this area as a medical specialty. He was the first editor of the journal Palliative Medicine and then went on to be senior editor of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine.

Professor Bee Wee

Professor Bee Wee is national clinical director for end of life care at NHS England, a palliative care physician at Sir Michael Sobell House, a senior lecturer at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of Harris Manchester College. Her major interests are clinical education, palliative care research, and leadership development in the NHS. The Palliative Care Research Group provides leadership and administrative support for a programme of palliative care education, research and continuing professional development for health and social work professionals in Oxford, nationally and internationally. There are three threads to palliative care research in Oxford: symptom management, end-of-life care and rehabilitation.