Dr Iain Lawrie is a consultant in palliative medicine at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and associate hospital dean for communication skills training at Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is also an honorary clinical senior lecturer at the University of Manchester.
Iain started life as a physiotherapist, working for five years, including a period in Canada, before going back to study medicine at the University of Leicester. He entered palliative medicine through general practice, with a couple of years in a rural practice, and some time in a category B prison (as a doctor, rather than an inmate!).
Iain became a consultant in palliative medicine in Manchester in 2008, and works in mostly secondary (with some community) palliative care. In addition to his very varied clinical work, he is actively involved in undergraduate education at the University of Manchester and in palliative care research as clinical work allows.
He has held posts as lead clinician in his specialty across a large five-site NHS trust and recently stepped down as director of medical education there. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, online learning modules and conference papers.
Iain is currently president of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland, a member of the national Ambitions Programme Steering Committee, and on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Cancer Care, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care and Introducing Palliative Care.