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Dame Barbara Monroe awarded honorary degree

19 December 2017

Dame Barbara Monroe has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from Lancaster University.

Dame Barbara is internationally reknowned as a leading educator and facilitator of research in the field of palliative and end of life care, with a focus on the hospice movement.

She was chief executive of St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham for 14 years,  is currently a special commissioner at Royal Hospital Chelsea and trustee of Compassion in Dying and Marie Curie. Throughout her career she has pioneered approaches to working with bereaved children, and has contributed widely to developing hospice care, particularly recently through the Hospice UK Commission on the Future of Hospice Care.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2010 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to Palliative Care.

Commenting on the award, she said:

“I am honoured and humbled to receive the honorary degree from Lancaster University and through it to continue my longstanding collaboration with the outstanding work of colleagues at the International Observatory on End of Life Care. I also see the award as recognition of the importance of hospice care and the unique role of social work within it. Hats off to palliative care social workers everywhere!”

Professor Catherine Walshe of the International Observatory on End of Life Care at the University, said:

“We are delighted that Dame Barbara Monroe has received this recognition for her national and international leadership palliative and end of life care. Dame Barbara has been a close friend of Lancaster University, and we have much to thank her for. She was involved in our innovative PhD in Palliative Care, and so we were particularly pleased that she received this honour the same day as our latest graduates from this programme”.

Barbara was also delighted to be given the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year by the Association for Death Education and Counselling (ADEC).

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