Lucy Sutton started her secondment with Health Education England as National End of Life Care Lead in April 2017. Lucy’s substantive post is at NHS England as Associate Director for the Clinical Networks and Clinical Senate in Wessex where she has been since 2013. Prior to this she was the End of Life Care Lead across NHS South of England and before that Director of Policy Development at the National Council for Palliative Care covering the UK and was greatly involved in writing the national End of Life Care Strategy.
She has worked in a variety of national and regional roles across a range of specialities setting up services for patients and developing the policy to support this. She has written a number of publications and training tools, to help make policy practical. These include developing a nationally recognised end of life care pathway for people with neurological conditions, Out of the Shadows which sets out ways to improve end of life care for people with dementia, other publications focus on respiratory disease, older people, caring for people with multiple morbidities amongst other areas. Lucy also wrote the training tool for end of life care Care to Learn which is used widely throughout the UK. Policy areas Lucy has contributed to include the National End of Life Care Strategy, Service Framework for Long Term Conditions, COPD Strategy, Health White Paper and Dementia Strategy.
Lucy is a nurse by background, having trained at Guys Hospital, London. She continues to work clinically at weekends.