Dr Bill Noble

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Department of Oncology, Academic Unit of Supportive Care, The University of Sheffield

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Bill (MBChB MD FRCP FRCGP) trained and practised as a GP and hospice doctor for 16 years before taking up his post as Macmillan Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine at the University of Sheffield in 1996.

His academic work began in 1992, when he ran a trial of a medical assessment in a home palliative care service. He later helped to evaluate the Gold Standards Framework in its early phases and directed the first multidisciplinary course at masters’ level in palliative care, before supervising MD and PhD students in palliative medicine.

His clinical work as a consultant physician in palliative medicine informs his research on palliative care in the community. Other interests include the Advanced Communication Skills Training Program and medical humanities. With Michelle Winslow, Bill established the first oral history service of its kind in palliative care in the UK.

Recent research projects have included a new integrated care pathway for cancer of unknown primary, testing an holistic needs assessment called SPARC and a national survey of palliative care in general practice. All projects are carried out with the involvement of service users.

As chairman of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland from 2007 to 2010, Dr Noble co-ordinated a strategic review to take account of developments in the field of palliative care and the changing role of the specialty.

In October 2010, he was appointed Editor-in-Chief of a new Journal, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. His next appointment in July 2013 is as Medical Director of Marie Curie Cancer Care.