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The human professional:
facilitating or obstructing patient-centred end of life care?

by Dr Colette Hawkins, Academic Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle

Thursday 15 March 2018 (4.30-6pm)
Spirituality, Theology & Health seminar series (Durham University)

This seminar took place in Seminar Room B (D/TH004, Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham).

To watch the Lecture, please click on the video below:


How we care for the dying is an indicator of how we care for all sick and vulnerable people. It is a measure of society as a whole and it is a litmus test for health and social care services.
EOL Care Strategy 2008

A comfortable death, aligned with individual priorities and values, seems a reasonable expectation, perhaps even a human right. National standards are now in place to define how care should be delivered and yet multiple reports demonstrate failure to achieve these standards in many cases. This talk explores the factors contributing to this and specifically questions the influence of professional individuality on experience and outcomes towards end of life. Participants will have the opportunity to see some short stories relating to end of life care, part of a new programme of professional learning developed by Colette, intended to support the attitudes and behaviours needed for person-centred end of life care.


Colette Hawkins, BSc MB BS MRCP, has worked as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine in the North East for 16 years. She developed a strong interest in the experience of illness and care around end of life through research into cachexia with Macmillan Cancer Support. She also has a keen interest in teaching and learning, but has been convinced that the traditional model of didactic teaching in small professional groups has limited impact on practice. This led her to develop a novel inter-professional learning programme based on stories around end of life care. The programme is designed to support the attitudes, behaviours and confidence needed across the wide health and social care workforce to offer person-centred, dignified end of life care.

Colette is working with St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle, leading a research project around legal issues experienced by people with life limiting illness. She holds honorary contracts with Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS FT and Newcastle University.