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Reverend Dr Peter Speck

Visiting Research Fellow

Peter Speck graduated with a first degree in biochemistry and zoology before studying for an MA in theology. His thesis focused on the theological aspects of visiting in times of illness

Following a position in a Parish Ministry in North Wales and chaplain position in Sheffield, Peter became a Chaplain and Honorary Senior Lecturer (medical ethics) at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He was Trust Chaplaincy Team Leader for Southampton University NHS Trust until 2002. Currently Visiting Fellow (Faculty of Medicine) at Southampton University and Hon. Senior Lecturer, King’s College London (Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation), Peter is author of several books on pastoral care, chapters on aspects of palliative care, and spiritual care and bereavement. He was a member of the Editorial Board of Palliative Medicine and served on the Editorial Board of NICE producing “Supportive Care in Palliative Care” Guidance. He is a Fellow and Member of the Council of Palliative Care section of the Royal Society of Medicine. His research interests include belief systems and whether they influence outcomes in illness, with several peer reviewed papers published. Peter was awarded a doctorate of medicine in 2012.


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