After general hospital medical training Nicky initially pursued a career in international public health and clinical research, spending 5 years in Malawi, central Africa. Here she helped to establish community services for patients with tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. This was where she learnt the value of a palliative care approach, saw how this could significantly improve quality of life and reduce the stigma and isolation related to HIV/AIDS.
On return to the UK, Nicky trained as a specialist in palliative medicine and was appointed as a consultant based at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in 2007. She was involved in developing the hospital palliative care team and working with colleagues to improve the choices and support available to people with palliative care needs across the county. She was appointed as St Richard’s Medical Director in 2012. She enjoys research and teaching and has trained as a facilitator for nationally accredited advanced communication skills training courses for senior health professionals.
During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.
The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.
Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice
Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.
Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.