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About the Centre for Palliative Care

The Centre for Palliative Care (CPC) launched in November 2013, is a joint partnership between the University of Worcester and St Richard’s Hospice Foundation developed to provide excellent palliative care to all at the end of life.

CPC’s work and agenda is informed by the needs of people who are at the end of life and those important to them.
Building on the strong foundation of partnership and collaboration between the University of Worcester and St. Richards Foundation, CPC boosts multi-professionalism by bringing together group of clinicians, educationalists, academics and researchers who are experts in the field of palliative and end of life care.

CPC also works in wider partnership with health and social care providers, commissioners, charities and government agencies to improve the quality of life at the end of life.

Vision

The CPC’s vision is to be a centre of international expertise of researchers, educationalists, academics and clinicians in palliative and end of life care working together with those providing and commissioning palliative care services.

Values

The CPC values all people and those important to them as unique individuals, tries to see the world from their viewpoint and recognises the interdependence of all of us as human beings. It is committed to improving the quality of life for all people, as well as raising the profile of the debate about dying and encourage people to openly talk about death and dying in a safe and supportive environment.

  • The CPC values all people and those important to them as unique individuals who know best what their needs are and how they should be involved in the planning and delivery of their care.
  • The CPC recognises the interdependence of all of us as human beings and is committed to improving the quality of life for all the people we serve, as well as raising the profile of the debate about death, dying and bereavement.
  • The CPC will actively encourage people to openly talk about death and dying in a safe and supportive environment.

 

The core team

Professor Bee Wee - Visiting Professor

National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, NHS England (2 days/week secondment): since April
2013

Consultant and Associate Professor in Palliative Medicine (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust) and Nuffield Department of Medicine Experimental Medicine Division, University of Oxford

Chair of NICE Quality Standard Advisory Committee
Head of World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care, Oxford: since 2003

Honorary Professor of Palliative Medicine, Sichuan University, China: since 2006

Visiting Professor of Palliative Medicine, Oxford Brookes University: since


Academic Lead: Dr Brian Nyatanga (University of Worcester)

Brian has expertise in palliative and end of life care, education and research. 

• Advanced Communication Skills Facilitator using actors and international educational training profile
• Academic lead, author and editor

Contact Brian: b.nyatanga@worc.ac.uk  


Debbie Westwood

Head of Education and Learning.

Debbie took up the role of Head of Education and learning at St Richards Hospice in September 2017. She has been a nurse for nearly 25 years and has held many and varied roles both clinically as an advanced nurse practitioner and also in practice and professional development in a large teaching hospital. For the last 11 years she has been involved in the service redesign of end of life and palliative care for Worcestershire  as part of her role as head of service development for the former Primary care Trust and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning groups. Debbie is passionate about developing and supporting education and learning opportunities for staff from all disciplines to enable them to understand and carry out their role in ensuring every patient and their family has a good experience of care and support at end of life.

Debbie Westwood – RN  B.N (hons ), PG Dip (advanced Nursing), Msc (healthcare leadership)

Contact: dwestwood@strichards.org.uk

 


Esther Dobson: Events coordinator

 

Esther is the Centre for the Palliative Care’s Events Coordinator. As well as organising the CPC’s wide range of training events, seminars and lectures, she also works part time as the centre’s administrator. She also organises training events and conferences across the Institute of Health and Society as a whole.

 

 


Mary Fisher

 

CNS Palliative Care, Team leader Palliative Care CNS team, Princess of Wales Community Hospital,

High Impact Action Champion for ‘Important Choices:

here to die when the time comes’ within
Worcestershire Health and Care Trust. This is part of a national project considering areas of clinical practice where there can be a focus on improving quality and use of resources.

Working alongside a team within the community hospitals in Worcestershire has received recognition at The International Journal of Palliative Nursing Journal Awards.

I am developing an interest in the care of the elderly frail at end of life. I am passionate about quality and equality of care delivery to patients and their families. As a member of the Centre’s Strategic Advisory Committee and as an associate lecturer within the University I would hope to be able offer insights and experiences of working in the field for many years, underpinned by knowledge and skills developed along the way.

 

mary.fisher@hacw.nhs.uk

 

 


Alison Harrison - Macmillan nurses

Countywide Lead Nurse for Palliative Care and End of Life Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – 2013 – current.

Project Matron for Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy – Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 2014 - current

Chair of the Worcestershire Palliative Care Conference Committee

Chair of High Impact Action Group for End of Life Care (Acute Trust)

Associate Lecturer at University of Worcester

Alison.Harrison@worcsacute.nhs.uk

 


Bob Becker (Associate Lecturer, Centre for Palliative Care)

Bob has recently retired as a Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care for Staffordshire University. He has a successful publishing profile with a number of book chapters to his name alongside an extensive range of articles in professional journals, online learning courses, plus his own book published in 2010 – Fundamental Aspects of Palliative Care Nursing: an evidence based handbook for student nurses.

 

He has developed an extensive teaching and advisory role in a number of European countries from both an academic and humanitarian perspective and has led palliative care study tours of China for health professionals. He is an experienced external examiner for palliative care courses and was until recently Consultant Editor for the International Journal of Palliative Nursing and Chair of the National Association for Palliative Care Educators.

 

In 2008 Bob became a recipient of the ‘Educationalist of the Year Award’ at the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards, London in recognition of his contribution to palliative care education in the UK and overseas. Bob is looking forward to this new opportunity of working with and supporting the Centre for Palliative care.