Prof Derek Willis

Prof Derek WillisMedical Director Severn Hospice

Visiting professor in Palliative medicine and Bioethics at Chester University

Associate Editor of BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care

Derek Willis is a trained Physician and GP who has worked in Palliative Medicine In New Zealand, the North-East of England and currently in the West Midlands. He is Medical Director of Severn Hospice. He has a higher degree in Medical Ethics and teaches the subject at 3 Universities. He helped to set up the Clinical Ethics Committee for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and served on this for 4 years. He is also on the Association of Palliative Medicine (APM) Ethics Committee. He runs the APM’s annual Ethics conference as well as the Oxford Sobell House Advanced Ethics conference. Widely published, his research interests include end of life care, resuscitation decisions conscientious objection, profession and transitional palliative care.



Scofield G, Baker I, Bullock R, Clare H, Clark P, Willis D, Gannon C, George R Palliative Opioid use, Palliative Sedation and Euthanasia: Reaffirming the Distinction. Journal of Medical Ethics 2019 0 1-3

Lowrie I Proffit A Willis D George R Assisted Dying: the APM Responds  BMJ 2019 May 7

Willis D George R Conscientious Objection and Physician Assisted Suicide: a Viable Option in the UK? BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care 2018 Nov

Dore M Willis D Community palliative medicine out-of-hours needs and the 7-day week: a service evaluation. BMJ Support Palliative Care 2018 Nov

.Macfarlane M, Shayler S, Nelms L, Willis D; WM CARES Group. Tracey judgement and hospice DNACPR orders: steady as she goes or seismic change? BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2018 Jul 25

Davies J Willis D, George R The double effect is no doctrine it’s a reflective tool part 2 European Journal Palliative care Sept/Oct 2017Vol 24 no 5 p 228-231

Willis D Willis T Palliative medicine and neuromuscular disorders in adults diseases and symptoms Neuromuscular Disorders  October 2017 27:S242

Davies J Willis D, George R The  double effect is no doctrine it’s a reflective tool part 1 European Journal Palliative care July/Aug 2017Vol 24 no 4 p 178-182

Willis D Conscientious Objection- A Way Out for Assisted Suicide or a non Starter?. International Journal Of Palliative Nursing Vol 23 p 306-7 June 2017

Shaylor, S, Macfarlane M, Willis Distress versus harm; have we implemented changes to dnacpr documentation following the Tracey judgment? Supportive and Palliative Care 7(Suppl 1):A29.1-A29 · March 2017

Blaber M, Jones.J Willis.D Spiritual Care:What is the Best Assessment Tool in a Palliative Care Setting? International Journal Palliative Nursing 2016 Aug 21 6 p 480-488

Willis.D, Hart.C, Willis TA, A Patient with Muscular Dystrophy Who Wishes to Have a Child European Journal of Palliative Care 2015 July 22(5) 175-177

Willis.D, Kitchen.R, Jones.J ‘What is the Evidence for Evidence ?’ International Journal of Palliative Care 2015 May 21(5) 213-15

Willis D, Gannon C, Jones J.’ Specialist palliative care, non-cancer conditions, and guilt: an unholy triad?International Journal  of Palliative  Nursing . 2014 Mar;20(3):121-3

Willis D, Gannon C, Harlow T, Baker I, George R. ‘ A Response to Anquinet et al.’s article on Terminal Sedation’ Palliative Medicine. 2014 Apr;28(4):367-8

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