I have been Medical Director since 2012 and Consultant on the Specialist Register (Palliative Medicine) within Portsmouth/SE Hampshire since late 2002. The Medical Director role is often held by one of the senior doctors within the partner NHS service, as is the case for me. My career with the Rowans Hospice Charity began in 1998, when I was the Hospice’s second Senior House Officer, in a doctor team of three. The Director role enables me to maintain an interest in medical workforce development and training our future specialists, whilst indulging an enthusiasm for service improvement. I am firmly committed to partnership working, and this leadership role allows me to focus both services’ pathways and processes firmly on our patients’ experience.