Guildford Medical Courses speakers are nationally and internationally recognised leaders in their field. Our speakers are clinicians and researchers who deliver relevant and timely talks to help you grow your competence.

Professor Paddy Stone

Paddy Stone is Professor of Palliative and End of Life Care at University College, London. He was appointed head of the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit at UCL in 2014. He now leads an internationally recognised multi-disciplinary academic department. His research interests include the mechanisms and management of cancer related fatigue, prognostication in advanced cancer and quality of life and symptom assessment. He was the Chief investigator on the PiPS, a national CRUK funded study of prognosis in advanced cancer.

Dr Marilyn Relf

Marilyn is the Chair of the National Bereavement Alliance. She has worked in palliative care for many years and has extensive experience of working in bereavement care, research, education, and management.

Dr Paul Paes

Paul is a consultant in palliative medicine, specialising in heart failure. His undergraduate training was at Newcastle University and he initially worked in the North East before undertaking specialist training in the Oxford Deanery. He returned to Northumbria Healthcare as a Consultant in 2005. Dr Paes has experience of managing palliative and other clinical services in the Trust. He also focuses on palliative care education and research. He has a joint post with Newcastle University where he is a Reader in Palliative Medicine and Director of Medical Studies.

Professor Simon Noble

Simon Noble is a Clinical Professor in Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University and Honorary Consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital. His clinical and research interests are in the management of cancer-associated thrombosis, the anti cancer effects of heparins and patient experience/ quality of life. He has currently leads on several national and international clinical biomarker studies, randomized control trials and qualitative studies.

Dr Craig Gannon

Craig Gannon is Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, Surrey. He was Specialty Training Committee programme director/chairman for London (South) and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deaneries, 2000 to 2007. Craig leads the “clinical ethics committee” at Princess Alice Hospice and he is on the Association of Palliative Medicine’s Ethics Committee. Craig is the medical lead for the European Certificate in Essentials of Palliative Care and he sits on the Royal College of Physicians’ SCE Question Writing Group and Exam Board. Craig’s clinical interests include clinical ethics, methadone and steroids resulting in a number of peer-reviewed publications and regular external teaching commitments.

Dr Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies is clinical director for palliative care and end of life care lead at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. He leads an internationally recognised research department and has conducted original and innovative palliative care research. His clinical and research interests include breakthrough cancer pain, opioid-induced constipation and artificial hydration at the end of life. He was the chief investigator on the CHELSEA study, a national NIHR funded study on artificial hydration at the end of life.

Joanne Thompson

Jo Thompson is a senior palliative care nurse at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. She has an M.Sc. in palliative care and is the lead author in multiple publications including a Cochrane review investigating xerostomia in patients with head and neck cancer. Her other interests include symptom control and deprescribing in the last days of life. She regularly speaks at the University of Surrey and palliative study days and conferences.

Dr Andrew Thorns

Andrew Thorns is Medical Director at Pilgrims Hospices, Kent. He is also the research lead for Kent for the NIHR Clinical Research network. He is site investigator for national portfolio studies in the hospice and has a research interest in palliative sedation.

Professor Richard Huxtable

Richard is Professor of Medical Ethics and Law and Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, in the Medical School at the University of Bristol. Richard edits the Ethics in Clinical Practice section of BMC Medical Ethics.

Dr Katherine Webber

Kath Webber is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. She developed the Breakthrough Pain Assessment Tool (BAT), an internationally validated tool to assess pain, which has now been translated into several languages. Her other clinical and research interests are pain assessment, drug and alcohol issues in palliative populations and cancer survivorship. She is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators and regularly speaks at study days and conferences.

Dr Charlotte Leach

Charlotte Leach is Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. She has extensive experience in palliative and geriatric medicine as well as medical education and has presented her research at international conferences. Her clinical interests are end of life care in dementia patients and symptoms at the end of life.