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Wendy Makin

Job title

Macmillan Consultant in Palliative Care and Oncology; Medical Director (Governance and Professional Development)

Phone number

0161 446 3559

Fax number

0161 446 8009




Palliative care in relation to cancer including symptom management; cancer survivorship (living with and beyond cancer)


Part-time clinical role, working with the Christie Palliative Care and Symptom Support Team; Manchester Cancer pathway director for Living With and Beyond Cancer; as Medical Director (Governance and Professional Development), Dr Makin provides medical leadership and support to the Trust’s medical workforce and leads on all aspects of quality of care, professional or governance matters; clinical advisor to Macmillan Cancer Support (2014-16).

Hon Secretary, RCP Specialty Committee for palliative and representative on Joint Collegiate council for Oncology Clinical advisor to Macmillan Cancer Support (cancer survivorship).

Professional biography

Dr Makin trained initially as a clinical oncologist at The Christie. Her growing interest in the challenges of progressing and advanced malignancy led her to the relatively new specialty of palliative medicine. She held a consultant appointment in Newcastle upon Tyne, based at St Oswald's Hospice, before returning to Manchester in 1995. She led the development of the multidisciplinary palliative care service at The Christie and helped to establish higher specialist training in palliative medicine in Greater Manchester.

She led a cross-College working party into the urgent care needs of people with cancer in 2012-13 and currently chairs the palliative medicine specialty committee at the Royal College of Physicians.

For several years she has been engaged in the development of support and information for cancer survivors and took up the new pathway director role in Manchester Cancer in 2014. She is currently working with the Macmillan cancer Improvement Project to improve services across the city of Manchester.