Professional background

Jane Neerkin is a consultant physician in palliative medicine at UCLH and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Jane studied medicine at Guys and St Thomas's hospitals and trained in palliative medicine across London at several hospices, UCLH and the Royal Marsden.

Jane has a specific interest in early palliative care for patients with cancer, with an emphasis on improving their quality of life by optimising symptom control. She has contributed to the NICE guidance for brain tumours and written the end of life care chapter in a book on neurological diseases. She is very involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education. She led the team that won the Cancer Care Initiative of the Year at the 2019 HSJ Patient Safety Awards.


Research interests

  • Advance care planning in patient who are likely to lose capacity early in their disease
  • Early palliative care in the patients' pathway


Neerkin J, Riley J. “Ethical aspects of Palliative Care in Lung Cancer and End Stage Lung Disease.” Journal of Chronic Respiratory 2006 ;3 (2):93-101

Llewellyn H, Neerkin J et al Social and structural conditions for the avoidance of advance care planning in neuro-oncology: a qualitative study. BMJ Open. 2018

Patel PS , Neerkin J et al Clinical and Nutritional Care Pathways of Patients with Malignant Bowel Obstruction: A Retrospective Analysis in a Tertiary UK Center. Nutr Cancer. 2020 May