Palliative and Supportive Care

Supportive Care UK Ltd is in the unique position of being able to offer consultant-led specialist supportive and palliative care services across the UK, making us the first and only company to be able to provide this type of support. We have a national chamber of senior consultant physicians in palliative medicine, all GMC registered and on the specialist register for palliative medicine, with substantive NHS contracts.

Our Supportive Care consultants will provide 2nd on call telephone support to cover all settings – including hospital, hospice and community services. Our “in-house” administrative team are available within working hours. They ensure excellent communication between hospital trusts and Supportive Care consultants, so that our service is seamless, and flexible according to the needs of the hospital or hospice

Meet the team

Dr Richard Berman

Consultant Physician, Greater Manchester and Cheshire
Qualifications: MBBS FRCP
Special Interests: Supportive Care; Palliative Medicine
Responsibilities: Consultant supportive care physician; NHS England National Lead for Enhanced Supportive Care

Dr Berman is founder and director of supportive care UK Ltd and supportive and palliative care physician at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester. He specialises in the prevention and management of the adverse effects of cancer and cancer treatments, including end of life care. He is also NHS England’s National Clinical Lead for Enhanced Supportive Care – this is a new initiative being rolled out across England, to improve access to supportive care for patients going through cancer treatment at any stage.

Dr Adam Hurlow

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Leeds

Dr Ashique Ahamed

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Greater Manchester and Cheshire

Professor Matt Makin

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, North West
Qualifications: MB, ChB. MA. MD. FRCPE.
Special Interests: He has a particular interest in symptom control and the management of progressive neurological disease.

During his specialist training in Palliative Medicine in Liverpool, Matt also studied Clinical Ethics to Masters level at Keele University and completed a Medical Doctorate in Pharmacology. A Consultant in Palliative Care Medicine since 2001, Matt initially worked in North Wales working in Hospital, Hospice and Community Settings before starting practice in Palliative Care Medicine in North Manchester in 2016.

“Father to three daughters, dog owner (Lottie the Miniature Schnauzer) lover of Indian food, travel. Occasional mountain biker.”

Dr Catherine Waight

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, West Sussex

Dr Jonathan Martin

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Essex, South Camden and Islington

Dr Declan Cawley

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Kent
Qualifications: FRCP MRCGP
Special Interests: Palliative Medicine
Responsibilities: Responsible for clinical care within the hospital palliative care team, hospice and community teams as well as actively involved in several research areas in particular end stage respiratory disease.

Dr Cawley qualified in Ireland and has spent time in various areas of the country gaining a breadth and depth of experience in various healthcare settings. Excellent care starts with the patient and ensures all decisions are centered on the best available evidence and what the patient and their carer need.

“Good supportive and palliative care irrespective of setting and disease is always patient centered and couched in the best available clinical care.”

Prof Derek Wills

Consultant in Palliative Medicine
Qualifications: MbChb ( Hons) FRCP MRCGP MSc

Derek is a dually qualified GP  and Palliative care consultant who now is medical director of a multi-site hospice in Shropshire. He has worked in the Midlands, the North east and New Zealand. He has a specialist interest in managing palliative care for adults with neuromuscular conditions. He also is a medical philosopher  having a medical ethics degree to Masters level and studying a Philosophy degree at present. He is on the Editorial Board of the BMLSPC, has a Visiting Chair at Chester University and is part of the UNESCO Bioethics department at Edge Hill University. He has a teaching Diploma and a Certificate in Clinical leadership.

I love giving people their life back by helping them with symptom control and enabling other health care professionals to do the same time. In my spare time I am a keen actor, ballroom dancer and powerlifter.”

Dr Laura Edwards

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Lancashire

Dr Anne-Louise Jennings

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, London
Qualifications: MA MBBS MRCGP FRCP
Special Interests: Symptom control, management of breathlessness and communication skills 

Anne-Louise has been a consultant in palliative medicine since 2001. She originally qualified as a GP and spent some of her training working in respiratory medicine and intensive care in South Africa.  While a palliative medicine trainee, she worked on the effects of opioids on breathlessness. She was a consultant at the Royal Marsden before becoming Medical Director of the Peace Hospice in Hertfordshire. She is now a palliative medicine consultant at Imperial.

Before becoming a doctor, she studied history at Cambridge and worked in the City as a financial analyst. She is now mother to two teenagers, plays squash, and sings in several different choirs in her spare time.

Dr Richard Alleyne

Consultant in Palliative Medicine in the West Midlands
Qualifications: BMedSci, MRCGP 

Richard initially trained as a General Practitioner. Following this, he re-trained as a specialist in Palliative Medicine. He became a consultant in 2014 and continues to work across the community, hospital and hospice settings. Richard is interested in complex symptom control, communication skills and education. He is the simulation lead for communication skills training, and education lead for palliative medicine across the local health economy.

Richard is a keen musician and plays keyboard in a wedding band! He is passionate about fundraising for charity, and loves birdwatching with his two young boys!

Dr Esther Waterhouse

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, West Midlands

Dr Rasha Al-Qurainy

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Central London
Qualifications: MD, MSc, FRCP

Dr Rasha Al-Qurainy is a Consultant in Symptom Control and Palliative Medicine. Her NHS base is University College Hospital where she is part of the inpatient team, managing patients with complex cancer pain as well other symptoms encountered in cancer and non cancer diagnoses. She undertook post graduate medical training in North London, with her specialist registrar training at centres including the Royal Free Hospital and Barts NHS Trust.

She was awarded her postgraduate degree from King’s College, London in 2010 and completed specialist training to become a consultant in 2012. Her first consultant post was at Pembridge Palliative Care centre, an NHS hospice where she was a community consultant overseeing care across 3 London boroughs. She was awarded Fellowship status by the Royal College of Physicians London in 2016 and subsequently joined the team at UCLH. She is Clinical Governance Consultant Lead for her NHS department and also holds a position in Health Education England, as North Central and East London Specialist Training Committee Sector Lead for Specialist Palliative Medicine. She is an accredited BMA negotiator and sits on the Trust’s BMA Local Negotiating Committee.

She has numerous publications including clinical reviews in the BMJ and involvement in PANG national guideline revisions.

Mum to 3 small boys, enjoys running for general well-being and to catch her children!

Dr Shaheen Khan

Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Clinical Director in London
Qualifications: BSc, MSc, MBBS, FRCP
Special interests: Complex symptom control, advance care planning, clinical leadership

Shaheen graduated from Guy’s, Kings’ and St Thomas’ Medical School having also been awarded a first class BSc honours degree in Neuroscience.  He has a MSc in Palliative Care from Kings’ College London and a postgraduate certificate in Clinical Leadership.

His interests include pain management and complex symptom control, advance care planning, risk management, postgraduate medical education and clinical leadership.  He has held various educational roles including Training Programme Director and Chair of the Palliative Medicine StR training scheme in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.  He has previously been Joint Chair of the London Opioid Safety and Improvement Group and his current responsibilities include his Clinical Director role at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and his position as joint lead for the King’s Health Partners Palliative Care Clinical Academic Group