Dr Ollie Minton is the clinical director for cancer and a consultant in palliative medicine based in Brighton. He is the national clinical advisor to Macmillan for end of life care. Ollie’s role is to provide clinical leadership to the team which advises other members of the hospital on end of life care including their families and friends as well as ensure the wider cancer services from diagnosis onwards. They are a research active team and continually look at quality and service improvement and education of staff and undergraduate students of all healthcare disciplines.
We see a split of patients with and without cancer in a 50/50 split but see patients on need not diagnosis or prognosis, the over arching theme is patients who are treatable but not curable but we want to see people sooner than later when we can have the most impact, part of this is education of staff.
Ollie continue to highlight the supportive and palliative care needs of patients regardless of diagnosis who are likely to be in the last year(s) of life in whatever setting needed.