Dr Sarah Mitchell


Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Senior Clinical Fellow

Sarah Mitchell
+44 114 215 9021

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Dr Sarah Mitchell
Department of Oncology and Metabolism
Room 226, Broomcross Building
Weston Park Hospital
Whitham Road
S10 2SJ

For enquiries, please contact - om-operational@sheffield.ac.uk

I am a GP with a clinical and academic interest in palliative and end-of-life care. I work at the White House Surgery in Sheffield. This is one of the ‘Deep End' cluster practices, serving the most socioeconomically deprived and ethnically diverse practice populations in the city. I joined the University of Sheffield in 2020 as a Yorkshire Cancer Research Connects Senior Research Fellow. My current fellowship research focusses on the role and response of primary care in COVID-19 end-of-life care, improving identification of palliative care needs, and the integration of community palliative care services to reduce inequalities. I have an interest in health service design and the translation of policy into practice and have a variety of policy roles in palliative care at local, regional and national levels. 

Prior to this fellowship, I was an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick and worked as a GP in Birmingham. I was awarded my PhD in 2020. This was a realist inquiry, examining healthcare service design for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families. In 2020 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, and the RCGP/SAPC Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher. 

My motivation for research is grounded in my clinical experiences as a GP, providing palliative and end-of-life care to patients in the community with complex and unpredictable health conditions. My research aims to focus on the patient and family experience, and produce recommendations that are practice and policy relevant. I have expertise in systematic review, qualitative research and realist methods. Patient and public involvement is integral to all aspects of my research, including research design and dissemination.

  • MBChB (University of Sheffield 2001)
  • Certificate of Completion of Training: General Practice (Sheffield VTS 2007)
  • MSc Palliative Medicine (Cardiff University, 2012, Distinction)
  • PhD (University of Warwick, 2020)
Research interests
  • Primary palliative care
  • Identification and management of supportive and palliative care needs in the community
  • Palliative care for children and young people 
  • Medical ethics
  • Cancer, complexity and multi-morbidity 
  • Improving cancer care in primary care 
  • Health service design and the translation of policy into practice

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Journal articles

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Journal articles


  • Loew J, Mitchell S, Weetman K, Millington-Sanders C & Dale J (2020) Applying corpus-based discourse analysis to enhance understanding of barriers to palliative and end of life care provision in general practice In Demjen Z (Ed.), Applying Linguistics in Illness and Healthcare Contexts (pp. 321-348). London: Bloomsbury Academic. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Theses / Dissertations

  • Mitchell S (2020) The Journey through Care. Palliative Care for children and young people, and their families: What? When? How? A Realist Inquiry. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

I regularly supervise medical student SSC projects and offer supervision to BSc, MSc and PhD students. My teaching and supervision interests are primary palliative care and medical ethics. 

Professional activities
  • Clinical Director for End-of-Life Care, Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Clinical Co-Lead for Palliative and End-of-Life Care, South Yorkshire Integrated Care System
  • Regional Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care, North East and Yorkshire NHSE&I Strategic Clinical Network
  • Senior Clinical Lead for Palliative and End-of-Life Care, NHS England and Improvement (until April 2022).
  • Member of the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Editorial Board
  • Convenor of the Society of Academic Primary Care Palliative Care Special Interest Group