CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)-Plans for the next academic year. 

The teaching staff are now beginning to return to the School to resume their academic activities. They are working at a pace to change the way we deliver our courses. Moving forward, we will be using blended and e-learning methods. We aim to roll out the modules, which were postponed during the initial stages of COVID-19, in a phased approach, starting in September 2020, over an eight-month period. This is in line with Health Education England (HEE) who have proposed an extension to the education contract period. This is to allow time for the recovery of commissions that were postponed due to the pandemic.

As you will recognise because of COVID-19, plans are constantly changing so we will, as the situation evolves, endeavour to keep you informed. The health and wellbeing of our staff and students are our absolute priority. 

If you do have any questions or concerns, please refer to our Student Q&A page or contact us at Student Support Services for more information.


I have been a lecturer practitioner at The Royal Marsden School since 2011, working with an exciting variety of modules and projects. I gained my Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority in 2012.

My clinical background is as an Occupational Therapist, most recently as a Highly Specialised OT working in a Palliative Care Rehabilitation Team within an acute hospital. I’ve also had a wide range of other clinical roles over the years, from surgery and orthopaedics to hospice care. As I qualified in the 1980s, my health and social care sector practice comes into my current teaching. 

My master’s degree (‘Research Methodology’) was completed at King’s College in 1991, and involved research considering the impact of cognitive impairment for patients admitted to hospital following hip fracture.

The modules I lead range from ‘Psycho-social Impacts of Cancer’ and ‘Palliative Care and Symptom Management’ to ‘Applying Research to Clinical Practice’, ‘Male Genito-urinary Cancer’ and ‘Foundations in Cancer Practice’. I’m also involved with a wide range of other modules, such as ‘Cancer as a Long-Term Condition’. These reflect some broad clinical and teaching interests.

I am currently involved with clinical colleagues in a grounded theory research project. We are evaluating the experience of fatigue at the end of life and the acceptability of an OT intervention, aimed at supporting patients with this challenging symptom. 


  • NET2014 Conference, September 2014 ‘Using Debating to Encourage  Students’ Critical Thinking’ College of Occupational Therapists 34th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Presentation: 2010 ‘Specialist AHP Team Rehabilitation with Palliative Patients in an Acute Hospital Setting.’
  • Hibbert, H. 2008 ‘Rehabilitation in palliative care: a team approach.’ Health Service Journal

Contact details

020 7808 2870

Helene Hibbert Dip MSc PGCE Dip COT FHEA | The Royal Marsden School
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