A leading authority for End of Life Care nationally is due to visit Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust later this month to address staff whose service received an “outstanding” rating by the Care Quality Commission.
Professor Bee Wee is National Clinical Director for End of Life Care at NHS England. In this role, she provides strategic leadership for improving end of life care across England.
In 2015, she co-led the development and publication of the Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2015-2020. This framework was jointly developed with 27 partners across health and care, and statutory and voluntary sectors. It was endorsed in the Government’s response to the Review of Choice in End of Life Care in 2016.
She is coming to Walsall on Tuesday 30 January to deliver a one-hour lecture on the future of end of life care and will spend time with colleagues from Walsall Healthcare and Walsall CCG.
Dr Esther Waterhouse, Consultant in Palliative Medicine with Walsall Healthcare, said: “We are thrilled that Professor Wee is making time to come and see us in Walsall and we are looking forward to sharing with her all the excellent the work we have done around End of Life Care that has been recognised in our CQC rating of outstanding.
“Staff in primary and secondary care are sure to benefit from her engaging and informative talk as we work together to ensure we continue to support the choices our end of life patients make.”
Professor Wee, who is from Malaysia, trained in medicine then general practice in Ireland and worked in Hong Kong before becoming Consultant/Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, and later, Deputy Director of the Medical School, Southampton University.
She moved to Oxford in 2003 as Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Sir Michael Sobell House, Fellow of Harris Manchester College and Associate Director of Clinical Studies at Oxford University, and Head of the Oxford WHO Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care. She is a Past President of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland. Her clinical and academic base remains in Oxford. She is now Associate Professor at Oxford University, Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University and University of Worcester, and Honorary Professor at Sichuan University, China.
Following its inspection of Walsall Healthcare’s Community End of Life Services the CQC reported that: “Community engagement by the Walsall Palliative Care Centre was exemplary. A panel of patients and patient relatives had reviewed all the content and style of documentation such as the advanced care plan and the individualised care plan. This meant that in addition to following national guidelines on End of Life care the documents also reflected the needs and wishes of the local population.”