Our consultants

We have a team of five consultants who bring a range of special interests and expertise.

Professor Derek Willis, Lead Consultant

Professor Derek Willis is our Lead Consultant and, in addition, is responsible for the development of services in Telford and Wrekin. As Lead Consultant, Professor Willis represents the medical team at Board and Senior Management level contributing to strategic decision-making and represents the hospice at regional and national medical forums. Professor Willis oversees patients on our inpatient ward in Telford, runs our weekly outpatient clinic in Telford and works with local GPs and staff at the Princess Royal Hospital to improve awareness of the hospice and the services we provide. Professor Willis also supports our Telford-based Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and oversees our Education department.

Dr Claire Stockdale

Dr Claire Stockdale is our consultant in Wales and leads on developments in North Powys working with local GPs and other healthcare professionals to improve access to palliative care for patients living in the area. As part of her role Dr Stockdale works with our Powys-based CNS team offering advice and support. Dr Stockdale leads our Motor Neurone Disease clinic based in Shrewsbury and our outpatient clinic in Newtown, Powys. Since her appointment Dr Stockdale has worked closely with the local health board in Powys to address the needs of patients with progressive illnesses.

Dr Alice O’Connor

As our community services are expanding Dr O’Connor’s main focus is to work with GPs and other primary care providers to improve the palliative care provision in Shrewsbury and the surrounding area. As part of her role Dr O’Connor works with our Shrewsbury and Church Stretton based CNS teams providing advice and support to the team and patients. Alongside her work in the community Dr O’Connor also participates in the bone tumour clinic at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry.

Dr Mike Macfarlane

Dr Mike is our consultant responsible for ward care and a weekly out-patient clinic at our Shrewsbury hospice . He also supervises junior doctors and teaches medical students from Keele University and allied health professionals from around Shropshire and Mid Wales. With a specialist interest in palliative care for patients with chronic kidney disease, Dr Mike works closely with SaTH renal unit. He is also active in palliative care research and has published several articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr Mike’s ambitions are to ensure that all patients who would benefit from specialist palliative care services are able to access them, as well as developing our ‘living well’ approach to care.


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