Professor Keri Thomas OBE
MB BS, MRCGP, DRCOG, MSc Palliative Medicine

National Clinical Lead for the Gold Standards Framework Centre, Hon Professor End of Life Care, University of Birmingham, Former Department of Health National Clinical Lead palliative care, NHS End of Life care Programme, RCGP Clinical Expert  for End of Life Care , Founding member and former  Secretary of International Society for Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care (ACPEL).

Professor Keri Thomas is National Clinical Lead of The National Gold Standards Framework Centre in End of life Care which focuses on enabling generalists to provide a ‘gold standard’ of care for all people nearing the end of life in all settings. The National GSF Centre, is a not-for-profit social enterprise independent company that emerged from the NHS in 2010, and is now the leading provider of training in end of life care for generalist staff in the UK, with significant impact also internationally.

As a practicing GP for over 25 years and working in hospices for over 20 years, she was the originator of the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) for primary care in 2000, in care homes in 2004, acute hospitals in 2009 and other programmes. She lectures and writes extensively, contributes to several national expert groups such as NICE, DH EoLC Programme, All Party Parliamentary Groups. She is author of ‘Caring for the Dying at Home’, editor of the recent OUP book ‘Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care’ and has published extensively. Her greatest achievement, however, is as wife and mother of five children.


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