Claude Chidiac, RN, MSc, FHEA graduated from the American University of Beirut with a BSc in Nursing. He completed an MSc in Palliative Care Clinical Practice at University College Dublin, Ireland. He obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education from King’s College London, UK, and subsequently became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Palliative Care with the International Observatory on End of Life Care, Faculty of Health and Medicine, at Lancaster University, UK. Claude has assumed a variety of clinical roles in acute, hospice and community settings in Lebanon, Ireland and the UK.
Claude is the founder and director of the interdisciplinary postgraduate (PgCert/PgDip/MSc) and undergraduate programmes in Palliative and End of Life Care at London South Bank University. He teaches and coordinates several postgraduate and undergraduate courses. He is also a Lecturer in Palliative Care at Saint Francis Hospice, UK. He works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care in the community on a part-time basis. He is a trainer on the National Gold Standards Framework in End of Life Care, UK, and was an external examiner on the European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care for Doctors and Nurses. Claude is currently the principal investigator of a funded research project on developing a training programme for health and social care professionals providing palliative and end of life care for sexual minorities in England. He has been invited by the national e-learning programme, End of Life Care for All, to develop a national online training which focuses on promoting culturally competent care for LGBT people facing advanced illness. He is a member of several national and international professional organisations. He sits on the Widening Access Group at Saint Francis Hospice, UK, which enhances access and provision of palliative care to vulnerable adults at a regional level, and has been appointed as the clinical champion of palliative and end of life care for sexual minorities across several regions in London and Essex.
Claude has published and presented at conferences in areas related to palliative and end of life care. His research interests are around end of life care for marginalized populations; sexuality and life-limiting illness; symptom management and needs of people with dementia at the end of life.