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 (2010 – 2013) and Chair of one of three Standing Advisory Committees for Quality Standards for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2012-19).
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 holds an Honorary Doctorate of Science at Oxford Brookes University and Senior Founding Fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.
She was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to palliative and end of life care in the New Year 2020 Honours List.
Bee is a Tutor in Medicine at the College. 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.