From her background as a general practitioner, Susie moved to work at Helen and Douglas House (palliative care for children and young people) for over 20 years until her recent retirement clinically. She undertook research into training needs of children’s hospice doctors, which led to development of the paediatric palliative medicine (PPM) curriculum and informed creation of the subspecialty in 2008.
She is passionate about supporting colleagues’ professional development. This motivates her continuing work in medical appraisal, in coaching, and in collaborative development of evidence-based resources to inform and improve patient care (curriculum, care pathways, advance care plans, formulary, symptom control manual). During the pandemic she helped facilitate the Palliative and end of life care element of the Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine Covid response. She has a particular interest in the use of blended ‘table food’ diet via gastrostomy for children with complex needs.
She continues to serve on the CYPACP Collaborative and Together for Short Lives / APPM research group and is an RCGP clinical advisor.