Gill Heard completed her BSc (Hons) in Nursing at the Dundee Institute of Technology in 1993 and then worked in Cancer Nursing both in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee then at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. Following this she worked at Ipswich Hospital as a staff nurse in Cancer Care, as Trust wide Acute and Chronic Pain Management Sister then Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse Specialist. Following this she was Matron in Cancer and had the role as Lead Nurse in Cancer, Palliative & End of Life Care at Ipswich Hospital. Gill moved into Nurse Education and joined the University of Suffolk as a Lecturer in Adult Nursing in February 2018. Gill wrote the End of Life Care Strategy (2017-2022) for Ipswich Hospital.
Gill has an MSc in Pain Management and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Cancer Care, and is currently undertaking a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice.
Gill’s research interests include patient experience of undergoing new treatments in cancer, the role of the clinical nurse specialist in cancer care and looking at education and care planning in relation to Palliative and End of Life Care. Gill teaches pre-registration nursing curricula and post-registration mentorship.