Dr Sarah Mitchell

Dr Sarah Mitchell


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.

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 focusses on the patient and family experience, and leads to recommendations that are practice and policy relevant. Alongside clinical practice and research, I am the Interim National Clinical Director for Palliative and End of Life Care for NHS England. 

For queries or requests related to my work with NHS England please email: england.palliativeandendoflife@nhs.net. Thank you 

Research interests

My 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  palliative care services in the community to reduce inequalities.

I was an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick from 2014-2019. My PhD 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.

I worked as a Yorkshire Cancer Research Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield from 2020-2022. I co-lead the NIHR funded RE-EQUIPP Care Partnership, focussing on integration of primary and specialist palliative care.  

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.


  • MB ChB
  • MSc
  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • Royal College of General Practitioners

Student education

I am an experienced medical student SSC and intercalated BSc supervisor. I have supervised two MSc students to completion and currently supervise two PhD students.  

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
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