Friday 13th May 2022

Palliative Care at String of Pearls

Speakers: Dr Rachel Clarke, Dr Emma Husbands

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Date: Friday 13th May 2022

Time: 09:30

Duration: Half Day


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GP Price: £70

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About the speaker

Dr Rachel Clarke


Dr Rachel Clarke is an NHS palliative care doctor and writer who lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children.

Rachel is the author of three Sunday Times bestselling non-fiction books. Breathtaking, published in January 2021, reveals what life was really like working on NHS COVID-19 wards during the first wave of the pandemic. Dear Life, shortlisted for the 2020 Costa Biography Award, long-listed for the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize and chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, is based on her work in a hospice. It explores love, loss, grief, dying and what really matters at the end of life. The Costa biography judges described it as: “A beautifully written, powerfully moving book that tackles an emotive and difficult subject with professional compassion and personal insight.” Your Life in My Hands, published in 2017, documents life as a junior doctor on the NHS frontline.

Before going to medical school, Dr Rachel Clarke was a broadcast journalist. She produced and directed current affairs documentaries, primarily for Channel 4, focusing on subjects such as Al Qaeda, the Iraq War and the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She began her medical degree at the age of 29, qualifying as a doctor in 2009.

Rachel writes for the Guardian, Sunday Times, New York Times, Independent, New Statesman, Telegraph, Prospect, BMJ, NEJM and Lancet. She makes regular television and radio appearances on, for example, BBC Question Time, BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News, GMB, BBC Woman’s Hour, ITV News and Sky News, among others.

Rachel cares deeply about helping patients live the end of their lives as fully and richly as possible – and in the power of human stories to build empathy and inspire change.

About the speaker

Dr Emma Husbands

I am a Consultant in Palliative Medicine working across Gloucestershire with currently a predominantly community focused role. I have a particular interest in non-cancer conditions and have developed close working with local paediatric/neurological and learning disabilities services to provide support for people with more complex conditions. I work closely with the MNDA/MDA and 2gether for short lives, developing resources for professionals and service users. In my spare time, I enjoy time with friends, cooking and making costumes for my friend’s children.

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