Dr Ros Taylor MBE DL

"Mortality and all that jazz: the challenge of uncertainty"

BIOGRAPHY  March 2019

Dr Ros Taylor MBE DL

Ros qualified as a doctor at Cambridge University in 1980. She initially worked as a GP in Cumbria. In 1992 she joined some pioneers to establish a palliative care unit in West Cumbria Hospital and became enthused by the specialty. In 1996, she took on the leadership role at the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, Herts, a post she held until March 2015.

She then became Clinical Director at Hospice UK, a national umbrella charity for the hospice movement, and most recently has been back at the bedside as a palliative physician in the busy palliative care team at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Royal Brompton Hospital in London and the Hospice of St Francis in Hertfordshire.

Dr Taylor now has over 26 years experience in palliative care, and has lectured widely, nationally and internationally. She believes clinical leadership is vital, keeping core values of care in focus from the bedside to the Board. Ros was awarded an MBE for Services to Hospice Care in 2014, following a nomination by a patient. She has recently contributed a chapter on spirituality through the lens of a doctor, in a new book Spirituality and Hospice Care. She is contributing to the new Lancet Commission on the Value of Death and is a senior advisor to the Montreal 2020 International Congress on Palliative Care.

She tweets as @hospicedoctor and is a Deputy Lieutenant in the county of Hertfordshire!


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