The South West Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) is pleased to announce that George Lillie has been elected Specialist Clinical Lead (with 55% share of the vote) and Susanna Hill has been elected Generalist Lead (with 45% share of the vote) for end of life care in the region. These leads were elected by their peers; the region’s registered end of life care champions (clinicians and commissioners in end of life leadership roles).
The SCN ran the elections to appoint these two clinical leads for end of life care. They will hold these posts for the next year. The clinical leads working together, along with the SCN’s Programme Manager, Frances Tippett, will provide leadership for the development of the end of life care across the region. The regional programme is run by the South West End of Life Expert Reference Group. The South West group is an active participant in the National Palliative and End of Life Care Network, run by National Clinical Lead Bee Wee.
George and Susanna take over from Julian Abel, Palliative Care Consultant, Weston Hospital. Julian ran the SHA network and was clinical lead from 2008 – 2013 and everyone within the SCN extends our grateful thanks to Julian for the drive and commitment he has brought to improving end of life care in the South West.
There were two applicants for the Specialist lead
- Gina King, Commissioning Manager for End of Life Care, NHS Gloucestershire CCG
- George Lillie, Director of Clinical Services, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth
There were three applicants for the Generalist lead and their votes were as follows:
- Susanna Hill, GP and Macmillan GP Advisor/facilitator, NHS England/Northern Devon Healthcare Trust/Macmillan
- Carlie Karakusevic, GP, South Devon and Torbay CCG
- Tom MacConnell, Consultant Cardiologist, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust