Five minutes with...

Dr Lawrie

Name: Dr Iain Lawrie

Current role: Consultant & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine 

How would you describe ‘a typical day’?

There’s no such thing as a typical day, as patients, their families and hospital and community colleagues don’t ‘book in’ their symptoms, problems or questions. The days where I have clinical sessions booked can turn into admin, education or home visit sessions and, equally, the days where I plan to spend time at my desk turn into ward reviews, patient / family meetings or home visits. Keeps you on your toes, but makes the bureaucracy of job planning difficult!

What are the most rewarding parts of your job?

Having a patient, a member of their family or a colleague (medical, nursing, AHP or support staff) thank me. For something I or my team colleagues have done

What are the most challenging aspects of your job?

Being everywhere, at all times, for all people and answering in excess of 20 telephone calls and 90 e-mails a day, while always trying to sound un-rushed, supportive and happy (and trying to keep up with my ‘other’ work too).

How long have you been involved with clinical research?

Since I was a Registrar in Leeds, when one of my Consultants (Dr Karen Simpson, Pain Consultant and Anaesthetist) taught me the basics, trusted me to be involved and supported me in juggling multiple projects and clinical duties. She’s a legend!

Why do you think research is important?

We’ll not go anywhere without it. People think my patients (palliative care patients) shouldn’t be ‘troubled’ by research studies. That’s nonsense! These patients welcome the opportunity to be involved. Professionals think they’re ‘protecting’ them … total rubbish!