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Becky Whittaker

Assistant Professor Palliative and End of Life Care, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Becky is an experienced registered nurse who has worked in a range of healthcare settings since qualifying from Nottingham School of Nursing in 1981. Particular focus of nursing care has been working in a range of end of life care settings which include working with Marie Curie Cancer Care as a community team leader, Sue Ryder in-patient care and managing a NHS specialist palliative care unit. Employment with the Royal College of Nursing has facilitated the development and application of coaching and mentorship skills.

Expertise Summary

  • Palliative and End of Life Care: contemporary policy initiatives, international perspectives
  • Ethical decision making in end of life care
  • Communication and breaking bad (significant) news
  • Recognising dying and managing last days of life
  • Theories of loss grief and bereavement and application to practice
  • Staff support, development and wellbeing
  • Clinical supervision/mentorship

Teaching Summary

Becky is an experienced educator and been in the school of health sciences for seven years. The core part of this education role is the development and delivery of palliative and end of life care… read more

Research Summary

Becky is currently leading a project to evaluate a range of end of life care learning events being delivered across the East Midlands regions. This project is sponsored by the East Midlands SHA and… read more

Recent Publications

  • Chair of the Palliative and End of Life Care Advisory Group
  • Member of MSc (health Care Studies) Advisory Group
  • Member of the Sue Ryder Centre for Palliative and End of Life Care research group
  • Member of MSc palliative and end of life studies curriculum committee
  • Member of Cancer and Associated Specialties Practice Learning Team
  • Member of Medicine Education Audit team
  • Practice Learning Team representative for Nottinghamshire Hospice and Hayward House Specialist Palliative Care, City Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Disability Liaison Officer for Post Registration Modules, School Health Sciences
  • Coach and Clinical Supervisor for senior researchers and clinicians

Becky is an experienced educator and been in the school of health sciences for seven years. The core part of this education role is the development and delivery of palliative and end of life care across a range of curriculum within the school. Curriculum development takes into consideration national and international policy agenda in end of life care, evidence based practice and engagement with contemporary research. Teaching is enhanced by utilising the Sue Ryder Care Centre research team members to facilitate sessions and contribute to curriculum development.

Specific responsibilities include:

Pre-registration

  • Development and delivery of BSc nursing curriculum development for Loss, Care of the Dying, End of Life Care and Breaking Significant News.

Post-registration

  • Director MSc Health and Social Care
  • Pathway leader for MSc Health and Social Care (Palliative and End of Life Care)
  • Convener for post-registration modules: Critical Perspectives in Palliative and End of Life Care (level 3 and 4); Palliative and End of Life Care Management (level 3 and 4)

Current Research

Becky is currently leading a project to evaluate a range of end of life care learning events being delivered across the East Midlands regions. This project is sponsored by the East Midlands SHA and the National End of Life Care Programme. The Evaluation Tools have been tested using a mixed methods approach and is now published in its sixth version. It can be accessed via the Sure Ryder Care Centre website.

From July 2105 - November 2015 Becky joins the Sue Ryder Care Centre for a secondment onto the VERDIS project; a video based communication research aiming got improve knowledge and training about face to face communication between healthcare staff and terminally ill people and their significant others

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