Derek Willis is the Lead Consultant at Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury. He was Vice Chair for the Ethics Committee for the Association of Palliative Medicineand Chair for the Palliative Care Congress 2016. He is also Programme Director for West Midlands Palliative Care Training. He has an MSc in Biomedical Ethics and Law from University of Birmingham. He has had a varied medical career working in the Midlands, the North East and New Zealand. He is both qualified as a physician and a general practitioner. His interest in ethics relates to medicine and spiritual care within health care settings and professionalism, especially within the context of palliative care.