Dr Sarah Mitchell


Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Senior Clinical Fellow

Profile picture of smiling member of staff from The Medical School
+44 114 215 9021

Full contact details

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 at the White House Surgery in Sheffield, and joined the University of Sheffield in 2020 as a Yorkshire Cancer Research Connects Senior Research Fellow. Prior to that I was an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick and GP in Birmingham. My PhD used realist methods to examine healthcare service design for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families.

My motivation for research is grounded in my clinical experiences as a GP, providing palliative and end of life care to some of the most vulnerable 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. 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

Show: Featured publications All publications

Journal articles

All publications

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
  • Primary palliative care
  • Medical ethics
Professional activities
  • Macmillan GP and Clinical Director for End of Life Care, Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group
  • GP representative, Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine Executive Committee 
  • Member of NHS England Paediatric Medicine Clinical Reference Group
  • Member of the Yorkshire and Humber Children’s Palliative Care Network
  • Convenor of the Society of Academic Primary Care Palliative Care Special Interest Group