Better Palliative and Supportive Care: Problems and Solutions

Dr. Adrian Tookman

Marie Curie UK

Adrian is a consultant physician in palliative care and medical director at the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead, Clinical Director Marie Curie Cancer Care, and Co-Chair of PallE8 (An Integrated Specialist Palliative Care System). Adrian also has honorary roles as a Senior Lecturer University College London and as a consultant of palliative medicine at The Royal Free London Foundation Trust. Adrian’s Research interests include: Survivorship in Cancer Distress in carers of patients receiving specialist palliative care Fatigue in patients with advanced cancer care How patients’ beliefs affect their experiences in palliative care. He is a past president of the Palliative Care Section at the Royal Society of  Medicine  and  Co-chairman  of  the  North  London  Palliative  and  Supportive  Care  Network. Adrian  also  has  a  large  in-patient  and  out-patient  clinical  practice  serving  the  palliative  care needs  of  patients with terminal illnesses.


Dr Faye Gishen

Royal Free Hospital, London

Dr Faye Gishen is a clinical academic. She is a consultant physician in palliative medicine in North London, treating patients with malignant and non-malignant disease, mainly in the outpatient setting. She has a special interest in cancer survivorship and rehabilitation. 

She also has an academic role at University College London.  She is responsible for the academic content and delivery of around 20% of the medical school undergraduate curriculum. One of the modules she oversees is Professionalism, and this has led to an interest in promoting resilience in both qualified doctors and doctors in training. One of her aims is to make reflective practice more palatable and interesting to medical students. She has introduced reflective practice Schwartz Rounds into the undergraduate curriculum; the second medical school in the world to do so. She also facilitates Rounds in her clinical workplace.

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.​​



Tony Kyriakides

Marie Curie UK

Ordained an Anglican priest in 1975, I have worked as a psychiatric social worker, chartered psychologist, psychology lecturer, social work tutor and practice supervisor. However, an important part of my working life has been in healthcare chaplaincy, initially leading a team in a South London psychiatric hospital before moving to Devon where, after university and local authority jobs, I managed a department of pastoral and spiritual care at Derriford Hospital, in Plymouth, for ten years. Returning to London in 2011, I was appointed palliative care chaplain to Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust before joining Westminster Abbey as chaplain and priest vicar. Last year, I became spiritual & religious care lead at Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead while continuing a priest vicar at Westminster Abbey. Devon remains a special place where at Exeter University I am completing a PhD and at Exeter Cathedral I am a Prebendary Emeritus.