Barbara, who joined St Christopher’s in 1987 as a social worker, has been in post since 2000.
In an email to colleagues, Barbara said:
“It has been an immense privilege to support St Christopher’s endeavours since I first became a member of staff in 1987. The Board are now undertaking the recruitment of my successor at a time that I believe is right for St Christopher’s next phase of development.
“In the meantime the show goes on and there are lots of exciting challenges and opportunities to grapple with.”
Barbara has been a social worker for over 30 years. She is founder and Director of the Candle children’s bereavement project at St Christopher’s and was Chair of the national Childhood Bereavement Network for eight years.
She is Module Leader on the MSc in Palliative Care and Policy run jointly by St Christopher’s and King’s College London.
Barbara is a well-known speaker and lecturer and has delivered training programmes across the world. She has written extensively about psychological and social aspects of palliative care and sits on a variety of national committees supporting the development of end of life care.
Barbara is an Honorary Professor at the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University and has a long term interest in how we achieve ‘good enough’ end of life care for all.
She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.
St Christopher’s Hospice in South East London, founded by Dame Cicely Saunders in 1967, is widely recognised as the first modern hospice and is internationally renowned as a centre of innovation and expertise in palliative care. Each year around 7,000 health and social care professionals from around the world attend St Christopher’s Education Centre courses and outreach programmes.