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Sarah Mitchell

Job Title
Clinical Research Fellow
WMS - Social Science and Systems in Health
Research Interests

My motivation for research is grounded in my clinical experiences as a GP. My NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship project examines healthcare service design for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families. Patient and public involvement forms a significant component of the project. I also have interests in the relationship between healthcare policy and practice, language in palliative care, primary palliative care and medical ethics.

My PhD supervisors are Prof Jeremy Dale, Dr Anne-Marie Slowther (University of Warwick) and Prof Jane Coad (Coventry University).

Alongside my NIHR Fellowship, I am part of a research team at Birmingham Children's Hospital working on the project "End-of-Life Care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions who die in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit: the experience of parents" (funded by the Birmingham Children's Hospital Research Foundation BCHRF369).

My 2016 BMJ Blog is here It's time to change end of life conversations for better care.

My 2016 NHS England blog is here: Realising ambitions: improving palliative and end of life care for all in three steps.

Juliet Clare Bell's blog Let's Talk About Death: A doctor and an author review picture books about death by Juliet Clare Bell and Dr Sarah Mitchell, GP.

Together for Short Lives article Why the spotlight must stay on seriously ill children.


I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2001, and completed GP vocational training scheme there in 2007. I graduated from the University of Cardiff with an MSc in Palliative Medicine with Distinction in 2012, and joined Warwick Medical School in November 2014 having been awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship.

I am a locum GP in Sheffield, having worked for nine years in Birmingham as both a salaried GP and a partner. I have worked as a Macmillan GP, Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care for Birmingham CrossCity CCG and most recently as Clinical Director for Generalist Palliative Care at the West Midlands Clinical Network and Senate (NHS England). I was also Co-Chair of the West Midlands Paediatric Palliative Care Network (WMPPCN) for five years from 2013-2018.