NHS trust appoints top consultant in palliative care
20 May 2020

Tameside and Glossop IC NHS FT has invested significantly in its palliative care services with the appointment Dr Neil Pender, a top NHS consultant in the care of patients with life limiting conditions.

At a time where there is so much uncertainly around the effects of the global pandemic and the ultimate cost to human life, a NHS trust in Greater Manchester has taken the lead in ensuring patients with life limiting conditions receive the very best care.  

Dr Neil Pender originally from Gloucestershire studied at the University of Southampton and went on to train as a doctor in Central London where he completed his training in palliative medicine. He has worked at St John’s Hospice in London before moving to Hertfordshire as a community consultant in palliative medicine at the Hospice of St Francis and Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Asked about his role and appointment, Dr Pender said: “Like many of my colleagues, it is both personal and professional experiences that have directed me towards a career in specialist palliative care.  Even when someone has a progressive and life-limiting condition, there are lots of ways to improve an individual’s life.  Focussing on the physical, psychosocial and spiritual elements of a person’s life is both welcomed and rewarding.  It is a privilege to support someone nearing the end of their life, at a time when they feel most vulnerable. 

“This role at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust will enable me to support people in their own home and in hospital.  Working in collaboration with other services will ensures that patients can get the advice, support and treatment they need.  I look forward to getting to know the various teams that are dedicated to providing the very best care and support for patients, families and carers.”

Trust Chief Executive, Karen James OBE added: “We are delighted to have Neil join our team at Tameside and Glossop. We have been searching far and wide to find the right person to fulfil this very important role and we are delighted that Neil has agreed to join us to take our service in this area forward. He will be a real asset to the Trust and the community.”

Dr Pender’s appointment is one of two key appointments in palliative medicine at Tameside and Glossop IC NHS FT. This month the Trust will also appoint Helen Harris, a nurse consultant in specialist palliative care to further bolster the service offer.