Professor Bee Wee

Fellow and Tutor in Clinical Medicine; Associate Professor of Palliative Care

Bee is Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Sir Michael Sobell House, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Associate Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Oxford.

Originally from Malaysia, Bee qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1988 and trained in general practice in Dublin before moving into palliative medicine in Ireland, Hong Kong and the UK. Prior to joining Oxford, Bee was Consultant/Senior Lecturer at Countess Mountbatten House, Southampton, and Deputy Director of Education for the School of Medicine at Southampton University. She was President of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland from 2010 – 2013.

Currently, Bee is National Clinical Director for End of Life Care at NHS England. In this role, she provides strategic leadership for improving palliative and end of life care across England. She chairs one of four Standing Advisory Committees for Quality Standards for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). She is also Head of the World Health Organisation Collaboration Centre for Palliative Care in Oxford, Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University and University of Worcester, and Honorary Professor at Sichuan University, China.


Bee is a Tutor in Medicine at the College, and Associate Director of Clinical Studies in the Medical Sciences Division within the University. She also serves on the Education Policy and Standards Committee for the Medical Sciences Division. Her teaching ranges from bedside clinical teaching, through workshops and seminars, to lectures to local, national and international audiences. She has a strong interest in supporting professional development for individuals and teams, and developing leaders in health care and education.

In 2010, she led the development of e-ELCA: an e-learning programme for end of life care commissioned by the Department of Health, and now hosted by Health Education England. This is accessible free of charge to all health and social care professionals across England, and at cost globally.


Bee’s research interests span many aspects of palliative care: symptom management, rehabilitation, care of the caregivers and care at the very end of life. She is also involved in research of educational methods in health care, and the delivery of health services.

Selected publications

National reports

Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People. One Chance to Get it Right: Improving people’s experience of care in the last few days and hours of life (2014):

National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership. Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2015-2020 (2015):

Other books and recent articles (see NDM website for fuller list)

Shepperd S, Goncalves-Bradley D, Strauss SE, Wee B. Hospital at home: home-based end-of-life care. Cochrane Database on Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD009231. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009231,pub2.

Walker S, Gibbins J, Barclay S, Adams A, Paes P, Chandratilake M, Gishen F, Lodge P and Wee B (2016). Progress and divergence in palliative care education for medical students: a comparative study of UK course structure, content, delivery, contact with patients and assessment of learning. Palliative Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/0269216315627125

Visser C, Hadley G and Wee B (2015). Reality of evidence-based practice in palliative care. Cancer Biol. Med, 12(3): 193-200. PMID:26487964 [PubMed] PMCID:PMC4607825

Michels CTJ, Boulton M, Adams A, Wee B and Peters M (2015). Psychometric properties of carer-reported outcome measures in palliative care: a systematic review. Palliative Medicine, DOI: 10.1177/0269216315601930.

Burns, A and Wee B (2015). The challenges of end-of-life care in people with dementia. European Journal of Palliative Care 2015; 22(2): 57.

Wee B (2015). One Chance to Get it Right: a new vision for the care of the dying. European Journal of Palliative Care, 21(5): 213.

Wee B. Models of delivering palliative and end-of-life care in the UK. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care (2013), 7(2): 195-200.

Wee B. Palliative care. In: Oxford Textbook of Clinical Medicine, 5th edn. (eds. Warrell DA, Cox TM and Firth JD), Oxford University Press 2010.

Wee B, Hughes N (eds.). Education in palliative care: building a culture of learning. Oxford University Press 2007.

Contact Details
Postal Address
Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Road
United Kingdom