Academic Research Staff Notices

Invitation to the Annual Judy Dale Lecture, Thursday 9 May, 5.30pm

Dear Friends and Colleagues

The Annual Judy Dale Lecture: Paediatric Palliative Medicine Growing Up – What Next?

By Mark Hunter, Consultant Paediatrician at Acorns Children’s Hospices

Thursday 9 May, 5.15 for 5.30pm start, University of Worcester Riverside Building, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN

It gives us great pleasure to invite you and your guest to the fifth Annual Judy Dale Lecture, delivered this year by Mark Hunter, 5.15 for 5.30pm start on Thursday 9 May, at the University of Worcester Riverside Building. The lecture will be followed by a wine and canapés reception to which you are also warmly invited.

Mark Hunter knew very early on in his career that he would dedicate his work to children with developmental disorders and disabilities. Mark received undergraduate training at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and the London Hospital Medical College in Whitechapel. He continued his training in the North West of England before becoming a Lecturer in Community Child Health at the University of Southampton.

From New Zealand to Northampton, Mark devoted twenty years to paediatrics, spending 16 of those years as a Consultant Paediatrician in Oxford and Northampton. During this time he worked initially in acute and development paediatrics, and later focused more on child safeguarding, setting up the child death review process for Northamptonshire. Mark took up his current position as the Consultant Paediatrician for Acorns Children’s Hospices in January 2013. Mark is responsible for the delivery of specialist paediatric palliative medical advice and care particularly around the end of life as well as providing the lead for safeguarding within the charity.

In his lecture, Mark will reflect on the development of Paediatric Palliative Medicine as well as the scope of the discipline, with reference to boundaries and the challenges of working within a context where death is often an unfamiliar stranger. Practicalities of providing palliative care from the perspective of a hospice based specialist will be discussed in terms of the clinical context of the work. The particular challenges and rewards of working with neonates and infants will be highlighted and some personal recommendations about priorities for the future will be presented.

We do hope you will be able to join us. Please RSVP by Thursday 2 May to Chloe Macpherson at, or by calling 01905 54 2851.

With best wishes

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Professor David Green CBE
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
University of Worcester

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