East Lancashire Hospice

Elizabeth Bailey - Medical Director

Name: Elizabeth Bailey

Job title: Medical Director

What does your role involve?

I have a clinical role – assessing patients, discussing and deciding treatment plans with the patient – and a management role – supporting staff, governance, audit, service development.

How did you get the experience to do the role you do now?

I have been a doctor for 33 years. I use the skills I have developed over many years looking after people with serious life limiting illnesses in caring for hospice patients. I was also the lead clinician for Cumbria and Lancashire End of Life Care Network – this role developed my management skills.

What time do you start and finish work each day typically?

I arrive at the hospice at about 8.30am and leave at about 6pm. I am on call at least one weekday night per week and one weekend in four.

How do you wind down after a hard day at work?

I love to sew. I design and make special occasion dresses for friends and family. At the moment I am making bridesmaids dresses for my friend’s daughter.

What’s the best thing about working for the hospice?

The patients and their families! It’s amazing how people find the courage and strength to cope at very distressing times in their lives. It’s an honour and privilege to use my skills and experience as a doctor to support them. It’s very humbling.