National Implementation Group for Terminal Illness


The purpose of the National Implementation Group is to ensure the smooth implementation of the new terminal illness definition, for the purposes of accessing disability assistance in Scotland, when Scotland’s new forms of disability assistance launch.

The group, comprised of clinicians and wider stakeholders, is providing support for the refinement and application of the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance and the evaluation of its implementation. This will ensure the guidance is applied appropriately. It will also allow us to identify and address any issues which emerge as the policy is established.

This group was formed following the work of the Terminal Illness Stakeholder Reference Group and the Short-Life Working Group on Terminal Illness.


  • Dr Linda De Caestecker (Chair) - Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Dr Jenny Bennison (Vice Chair) - GP, Niddrie, NHS Lothian and Vice Chair of SIGN
  • Ms Sandra Campbell - Macmillan Nurse Consultant for Cancer & Palliative Care, NHS Forth Valley and HIS
  • Dr Pat Carragher - Consultant Paediatrician, NHS Tayside, and Medical Director CHAS
  • Dr Teresa Cannavina - Scottish GP Committee
  • Mr Mark Hazelwood - Chief Executive, Scottish Partnership for Palliative care
  • Ellie Wagstaff - Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Marie Curie Scotland
  • Susan Webster - Head of Policy and Campaigns, MND Scotland
  • Helen Malo - Policy and Advocacy Manager, Hospice UK
  • Donna O’Boyle - Chief Nursing Office Directorate, Scottish Government
  • Rod Finan – Scottish Government Social Work Advisor
  • Richard Gass - Welfare Rights and Money Advice Team (Glasgow City Council)
  • Claire Pullar - MIP Health Representative from Scottish Partnership Forum
  • Iain Macritchie - Programme Director for Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy NHS Education for Scotland
  • Professor Paul Knight - Head of Clinical Operations, Social Security Scotland


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