Marie Berteau Palliative Care Social Worker, St Christopher’s
Marie originally from France, arrived in the UK at the age of 18 after spending one year in Central Asia learning Russian.
Marie joined St Christopher’s as a palliative care social worker in October 2018, after working for approximately 10 years in hospital social work and Continuing Care Social work.
Marie’s first degree is in Russian and Hispanic studies with some studies on asylum seekers in the UK. Marie then went on to work as a professional medical interpreter for minority groups (French and Spanish speaking) in Croydon, to then shift to mental health work. Marie also worked as a volunteer for South American migrant groups in East London.
Marie ‘s second degree is in social work with a special emphasis on supporting women being trafficked from abroad and forced into sexual exploitation in the UK.
Marie still uses her linguistic skills as a hospice social worker, mainly for outpatients, but also carries out community or ward based social work assessment, if the patient does not speak English and speaks French or Spanish.