Patients, Families & Friends
Rowcroft’s medical team is made up of three consultants, a specialty doctor, a GP assistant and junior doctors in training. The consultant staff, Dr Jo Sykes, Dr George Walker and Dr Sarah Human, are all specialists in Palliative Medicine and bring wide ranging experience from both general practice and hospital medicine backgrounds. The consultant staff are supported by Dr Paul Clark, specialty doctor, and Dr Peter Hunt, GP clinical assistant, both of whom have years of experience at Rowcroft.
The medical staff work as a team, caring for patients in a variety of settings; the inpatient unit, outpatients, hospital and in patients’ homes. Many patients and families will therefore meet several of the doctors whilst being supported by the service. We work closely with the other members of the clinical team to help ensure we are providing the best possible all-round care for patients.
As well as directly caring for patients, one of our other main roles is training junior doctors and medical students, who will form part of the team at any given time. We also offer training and experience to other healthcare professionals, such as community nursing staff, and senior school students hoping to pursue a career in medicine. In so doing, we aim to improve palliative treatment for patients not under our direct care, increase awareness of Rowcroft’s services and encourage the doctors and nurses of the future into careers in palliative care.
Our other main responsibility is to help develop local services for patients to improve the palliative care they receive whether they be at home, in hospital, in a care home or an inpatient at the hospice. Some of these services will be provided directly by Rowcroft staff but many others will be provided by other healthcare organisations. An important aspect of this role is to work with other staff to monitor and improve standards of care to ensure patient safety and the delivery of the best quality services possible.