Professor Keri Thomas, OBE

As Founder and Chair of the UK’s National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre in End-of-Life Care and Lead for GSF International and the African charity work, Keri is regarded as “one of the most influential people in the field of EOLC nationally and internationally” (RCGP citation 2017). Working clinically as a GP and in hospices for over 30 years, she was formerly the UK’s Dept of Health National Clinical Lead Palliative/EOLC, RCGP EOLC Lead and Hon Professor in End of Life care at Birmingham University. GSF was spread across the UK (98% GP practices GSF trained by 2009, thousands of teams in health and social care trained in multiple settings) influencing national policy and improving EOLC provision. Twenty five years on, GSF remains the UK’s leading EOLC training provider for generalist frontline teams. She wrote ‘Caring for the Dying at Home’ 2003, edited two editions of ‘Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care' (OUP 2016) and lectures and publishes extensively. Keri’s awards include an OBE from the Queen for services to EOLC, RCGP President’s Medal, FMLM Senior Fellow but her greatest achievements are as wife and mother of 5 children and 4 grandchildren.