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An NHS Tayside palliative care specialist has been honoured with a Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Dr Ann-Marie Todd has been awarded the Fellowship to research educational opportunities for carers and to review current practice within palliative medicine, both in community settings and hospitals.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is the UK’s national memorial to Sir Winston Churchill and each year the Trust awards travelling fellowship grants to UK citizens in a range of fields to enable them to carry out research projects overseas.

These projects are designed to exchange ideas and best practice, and build greater understanding between people and different cultures, in order that professions and communities in the UK can benefit from these shared experiences.

During her Fellowship placement, Dr Todd will spend time with a team in Singapore who have developed a Palliative Caregivers Programme and also undertake work at Singapore’s National Cancer Centre.

Clinical lead in palliative medicine for NHS Tayside Mr Deans Buchanan said: “The Palliative Care Teams in Tayside are very pleased that Dr Ann-Marie Todd has been successful in achieving this Fellowship.

“We are grateful to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for enabling this work and to Macmillan Cancer Support for providing information and learning support. The project builds on our relationship with the Singapore Palliative Care team and focuses on how carers can make a difference to palliative care patients.

“As our health and social care services integrate and work more in partnership with communities, it is timely to learn from other areas in which home care programmes have been successful.”