Nigel Sykes, our former Medical Director was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his services to palliative care. He retired from his role as Medical Director in 2015, after working at the hospice for 24 years.
“When I received the letter in November informing me of my inclusion I felt surprised and very privileged” said Nigel reflecting on the discovery. “I was fortunate to be able to work at St Christopher’s for so many years. Palliative care is a team effort and it was a tremendous help and support to be part of such an excellent team over such a long period”.
Nigel has always been interested in encouraging excellent palliative care across the world: he has mentored many junior colleagues and lectured nationally and internationally to share his knowledge. He was one of a small group of St Christopher’s Hospice staff responsible for developing the Kings College London/St Christopher’s Multi-professional Palliative Care MSc which has an international reputation.
I was fortunate to be able to work at St Christopher’s for so many years.
In 2003 Nigel set up the first UK Hospice Clinical Ethics Committee. He has also acted as adviser to the Office of the Official Solicitor and to the legal representatives of both NHS and independent sector hospices in cases involving clinical and ethical judgements in relation to palliative care.
As well as conducting research and publishing numerous peer-reviewed articles; Nigel has authored and co-authored a number of books, articles and letters and sat on the editorial board of a number of significant peer reviewed journals.
We would like to congratulate Nigel on this well-deserved recognition of his service to palliative care.