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 a supportive 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. 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 specialist supportive care for patients going through cancer treatment at any stage.

I am passionate about supporting patients through cancer, ensuring symptoms are well-controlled, using up to date therapies and treatments.”

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.”

Dr Laura Edwards

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Lancashire

Dr Neil Nijhawan

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, North and Central London
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) PhD MBBS MRCP
Special Interests: All aspects of palliative medicine including symptom control and complex decision making.
Responsibilities: Consultant supportive care physician; NHS England National Lead for Enhanced Supportive Care

Something of an eternal student, Neil entered medical school in 2001 as a mature student and graduated in 2006 from Kings College London. During his specialist training in palliative medicine in London, Neil took time out to return to Trinidad (where he grew up) to commission the first comprehensive palliative care service within the government health service. He then returned to the UK to complete his training and has been a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust since July 2017. He is still actively involved in the promotion of palliative medicine in Trinidad and is currently working on a project to provide a palliative care home service in the south of Trinidad. He is currently Clinical lead for Palliative Medicine at Imperial.

Husband, father of two, enthusiastic bicyclist, traveller and foodie.

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!