Founder and National Clinical Lead of The Gold Standards Framework Centre since 2000, Hon Professor End of Life Care, University of Birmingham since 2009.
Professor Keri Thomas is Founder and National Clinical Lead of The National Gold Standards Framework Centre (GSF) 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 UK’s leading provider of training in end of life care for generalist staff in the UK. Keri is regarded internationally as an expert in improving care for people in the last years of life in all settings.
Working as a GP and in hospices for over 30 years, Keri developed GSF for primary care (2000), mainstreamed and used by every UK GP practice at bronze/foundation level since 2004, and later GSF programmes for care homes (2004), hospitals (2008), domiciliary care, prisons, cross-boundary care and others, along with recognised GSF Accreditation with the Quality Hallmark Award.
Formerly a National Clinical Lead in Palliative Care (generalist) for the Department of Health End-of-Life Care Programme and RCGP EOLC Clinical Expert for 6 years, Keri is also a founder member of ACPEL, the International Society for Advance Care Planning in EOLC and co-editor of the newly updated OUP book 'Advance Care Planning in End Of Life Care' (2017) and author of ‘Caring for the Dying at Home’ (2003). She lectures and writes extensively, contributes to national policy groups such as NICE, Prime Minister’s Strategy Group, All Party Parliamentary Groups etc, and in 2017 was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her services in end-of-life care and the 2017 Royal College of GPs’ President’s Medal for services in EOLC in primary care. Her greatest achievement, however, is as wife and mother of five children.
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