Finella Craig

Finella Craig has been a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) since 2002. 

She has worked as a paediatrician since 1989.


Dr Craig is a specialist in paediatric palliative medicine.


Qualifications and training

  • MBBS
  • BSc

Dr Craig is a member of the following local, national and international groups:

  • The European Association of Palliative Care Paediatric Taskforce

  • Together for Short Lives, Practice and Service Development Council

  • Together for Short Lives Clinical Ethics group

  • North Central London Children’s Palliative Care Network

  • London Children’s Palliative Care Network

She is on the management group of The Child Death Helpline, where she is a shift supervisor, and is a Medical Practice Facilitator with Child Bereavement UK.

Her palliative care training included two years with a community and hospital-based adult palliative care service as well as with the Paediatric Palliative Care team at GOSH.

Research interests

Dr Craig’s research interests are varied and have focused on developing access to palliative care services and palliative care support for children with non-malignant disease. Conference presentations, invited lectures and publications have focused on the following themes:

  • palliative care support in the intensive care unit

  • out-of-hospital extubation

  • neonatal and antenatal palliative care

  • palliative care for young adults

  • the provision of palliative care services within the school community

Dr Craig has contributed to several national and international service and policy documents:


Craig F, Goldman A. Home management of the dying NICU patient. Seminars in Neonatology, 2003; 8(2): 177-183.

Sibson K, Craig F, Goldman A. Palliative care for children. In Faull C, Carter Y, and Daniels L. (Eds.) Handbook of Palliative Care. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. 2nd ed. 2005; pp. 295-316.

Craig, F. Adolescents and young adults. Oxford Text Book of Palliative Care, Oxford University Press. 2006.

Craig F, Huijer A. S, et al. IMPaCCT: Standards for paediatric palliative care in Europe. European Journal of Palliative Care. 2007; 14(3): 109-116.

Ramnarayan P, Craig F, et al. Characteristics of deaths occurring in hospitalised children: Changing trends. Journal of Medical Ethics. 2007; 33(5): 255-260.

Craig F, Abu-Saad Huijer H, et al. IMPaCCT: Standards of paediatric palliative care. IMPaCCT: Standards pädiatrischer palliativversorgung in Europa. 2008; 22(4): 401-408.

McCulloch R, Comac M, et al. Paediatric palliative care: coming of age in oncology? European Journal of Cancer. 2008; 44(8): 1139-1145.

Craig F, Comac M, et al. Dying with a neurological condition in adolescence. Paediatrics and Child Health. 2009; 19(10): 479-481.

George R, Craig F. Palliative care for young people with cancer. Cancer Forum. 2009; 33(1): 28-33.

Zernikow B, Michel E, et al. Pediatric palliative care: Use of opioids for the management of pain. Pediatric Drugs 209, 11(2): 129-151.

Craig F, Rajapakse CD, McNamara K, Williamson N. Investing in primary care as the bridge for transitional care. Arch Dis Child. 2011; 96(1):1-2.

Craig F, Boden C, Samuel J. Schooling of children with a life-limiting or life-threatening illness. European Journal of Palliative Care. 2012; 19(3) 131-135.

Craig F, Lidstone V. Adolescents and young adults. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children 2nd Edition. Eds Ann Goldman, Richard Hain, and Stephen Liben. Oxford University Press. May 2012.

Carter B, Craig F. Intensive care units. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children. 2nd Edition. Eds Ann Goldman, Richard Hain, and Stephen Liben. Oxford University Press. May 2012.

Craig F, Bayliss J. Palliative care for children. Textbook of Palliative Medicine (in press), Hodder Education.


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