Speakers – St Clare Hospice Palliative Care Conference 2022

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Plenary Speakers

Dr Libby Sallnow

Dr Libby Sallnow is a palliative medicine consultant with CNWL NHS Trust in London, UK and an honorary senior lecturer at St Christopher’s Hospice and the UCL Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, UK. She has helped lead and develop the fields of new public health approaches to end of life care, compassionate communities and social approaches to death, dying and loss over the past two decades in the UK and internationally. Her PhD explored the translation of a model of compassionate communities from Kerala, India to London, UK. She has published over 25 articles and book chapters in these fields and co-edited the book “International perspectives on public health and palliative care” in 2011. She is an Honorary Consultant at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care in Kerala, India, Vice President of Public Health Palliative Care International, the President of the Palliative Care Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK, a post-doc researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium and the first author of the new Lancet Commission on the Value of death: bringing death back into life (2022).

Professor Julia Riley

Professor Riley is a consultant in Palliative Medicine. She is clinical lead for Coordinate My Care at South Central West NHS, the clinical service that coordinates and allows patients to have choices and improved quality of end of life and urgent care. She is a senior research fellow and visiting Professor in Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care at Imperial College London.

Professor Riley has two main research interests. The first is in the inter individual variation in patients’ response to opioids. The second is the development of models of end of life care that include Advance Care Planning and the seamless transition between the acute and the community sector, improve quality of life, decrease in the number of unnecessary hospital admissions and increase the number of patients being cared for, and dying in their preferred place.

Dr Sarah Russell


Dr Sarah Russell RGN is Lead Nurse for Palliative and End of Life Care at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust. Sarah has worked for nearly 30 years in palliative and end of life care in the community, hospitals, care homes and hospices in a variety of local, regional, and national roles. Sarah’s doctoral research was in Advance Care Planning and Conversations – influenced by her experience as a nurse, educator, manager, and family carer. Sarah is co-author of The Lancet Commission on The Value of Death, Non-Executive Director at the End-of-Life Integrator (Social Finance) and Visiting Clinical Reader at the University of Surrey. Sarah can also be found on Twitter as @Learn_PEOLC or @PHU_PEOLC.

Dr Eva Lew

Dr Eva Lew joined Farleigh Hospice in 2010 as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine, having undertaken specialist training in the Oxford Deanery. She was appointed as Medical Director in 2019, and has helped to deliver a high quality, responsive and seamless specialist clinical service across all care settings. She holds several roles within the hospice including Clinical Governance Lead and Medical Education Lead. She is also the Mid and South Essex ICS Palliative and EOLC and Frailty Education and Training Workstream Lead, and is currently leading work on immersive simulation training for communication skills as part of the Frail plus and Personalisation/Shared Decision Making agenda. Since 2021, she has been the Deputy Representative of all East of England Adult Hospices as part of the East of England Strategic Clinical Network for Palliative and End of Life Care.