About this event

  • Date and time Wed 14 Oct 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:10pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Palliative Care

This is episode 4 of the Palliative care webinar series The human side of COVID-19: Reflections on Palliative Care.

Join us on this important webinar to explore new evidence relating to health inequalities in end-of-life care for BAME patients who are dying with COVID-19. Claude Chidac speaks on research demonstrating delayed referral to palliative care for BAME patients, and Dr Mo Satter will address his involvement in the Leeds BAME primary care network and community-based palliative care. Dr Sabrina Bajwah will discuss the evidence of BAME inequality in EOL care, the impact of COVID-19 on this and will suggest ways in which we can improve this care both clinically and from a research perspective.

During this webinar you will:

  • Acknowledge and understand the current evidence detailing the end-of-life inequalities experienced by patients dying with COVID-19
  • Discuss emerging issues and potential solutions relating to the disparities observed
  • Be able to identify patient groups at risk 
  • Opportunity to reflect and share audience experiences

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This webinar is in joint association with the Association of Palliative Medicine UK. 

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Key speakers

Claude Chidiac

Claude Chidiac

Lead Palliative Care Nurse, Homerton Hospital

Speaker's biography

Claude Chidiac is the Lead Nurse for Palliative Care at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London. Claude has assumed a variety of academic and clinical roles in acute, hospice, and community settings in the UK and internationally. Claude’s current work focuses on improving palliative care access and provision for marginalised populations. His PhD research explores the experiences of LGBT+ people with dementia, and their needs and preferences about the end-of-life. Claude has been involved in a number of national and international consultations to support and provide expert advice to organisations about delivering affirmative care for LGBT+ people.

Mohammed Sattar

Dr Mohammed Sattar

General Practice Partner, Woodhouse Medical Practice, Leeds and Trustee, St Gemma’s Hospice

Speaker's biography

A GP Partner in Leeds, Trustee of two local health related charities – Feel Good Factor and St Gemma’s hospice, RCGP Yorkshire board – also informing the RCGP BAME task group and weekly health talk with music radio show host at Fever FM 107.3.

Particular interests include End of Life Care, GP resilience, Medical Education and Digital Health.

Once described as a “Tour D’Force” - continuing the journey in tackling health inequalities for local communities, striving to level the playing field for BAME groups and advocating leading from any seat.  As a result, in mid-2020 founded and at the helm of the BAME Primary Care Leeds network recently published in the BMJ.

A coffee connoisseur, avid Tweeter (@beingmo) and tries to practice what he preaches by keeping active, mainly at the gym.

Sabrina Bajwah

Dr Sabrina Bajwah

Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, Cicely Saunders Institute

Speaker's biography

Sabrina Bajwah is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and an Honorary Consultant in Palliative Care. Dr Bajwah has been a member of the NICE Quality Standards Committee for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and has also been a member of the Emergency Oxygen Guideline Group for the British Thoracic Society and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis clinical and research advisory committees for the British Lung Foundation. She now works clinically within the palliative care team at King’s Health Partners, London and runs an interstitial lung disease palliative care clinic in the UK whilst continuing to drive forward respiratory palliative care research. Her other main areas of research interest are different models of palliative care and has recently completed a Cochrane Review on the Effectiveness of Inpatient Palliative Care. She continues to drive forward Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in all aspects of her clinical and academic work.

Dr Andrew Thorns

Consultant, Palliative Medicine, East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, Medical Director Pilgrims Hospice

Speaker's biography

Dr Andrew Thorns was first employed by Pilgrims Hospices as a consultant in August 2000 in a joint post with East Kent Hospitals. He became medical director at Pilgrims in 2015 balancing his leadership and clinical commitments.

Pilgrims has a strong tradition of medical training with 15 GP ST2s coming through the hospice each year and 3 specialist trainees. We are especially excited by the first intake into the new Kent and Medway Medical School.

Andrew strongly believes in the importance of research and skilled communication to improve patient care. He is therefore proud of Pilgrims’ research pedigree and enjoys his role as an advanced communication skills facilitator.


View the programme here

Welcome and introduction

Dr Andrew Thorns, Consultant in palliative medicine, East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, Medical Director Pilgrims Hospice in East Kent

Delayed palliative care referrals for BAME patients with COVID-19

Claude Chidiac, Lead Palliative Care Nurse, Homerton Hospital

The Leeds BAME primary care network: Lessons learnt for community palliative care in BAME communities

Dr Mohammed Sattar, General Practice Partner, Woodhouse Medical Practice, Leeds and Trustee, St Gemma’s Hospice

BAME inequality in End of life care and the impact of COVID-19

Dr Sabrina Bajwah, Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, Cicely Saunders Institute

Panel discussion
Close of meeting



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