Professor Clare Gardiner

Nursing and Midwifery, School of Allied Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery

Professor of Palliative Care

Clare Gardiner
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Professor Clare Gardiner
Nursing and Midwifery, School of Allied Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery
Barber House Annexe
3 Clarkehouse Road
S10 2HQ

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2015 as a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, undertaking a Fellowship project on the costs of palliative care in the last six months of life. I previously worked as a Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland, New Zealand, before which I was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. I have been involved in palliative and end of life care research for over 10 years, and have published over 80 papers in peer review journals. I have been involved in a number of international research projects, totalling over £5 million of funding to date.

Research interests

My research interests are in palliative and end of life care, ageing and older people, and mesothelioma. I am particularly interested in research concerning economic aspects of palliative care, particularly the costs of family caregiving. I have further research interests in social isolation in the elderly, and interventions to reduce loneliness including befriending. I am Co-Director of the Mesothelioma UK Research Centre which conducts research into patient experiences, service organisation and delivery in mesothelioma. 

Current Projects:

Gardiner C & Tod A. Mesothelioma UK Research Centre, funder: Mesothelioma UK 2020-2023.

Gardiner C et al., Financial support for family caregivers This research project explored what financial support is available for family caregivers of people who have a terminal illness or are approaching the end of life. 

Gardiner C. The cost of dying: a mixed methods study to explore the costs of palliative care. University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship. 2015-2019


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Teaching interests

My teaching interests are in research methods and palliative and end of life care. I currently supervise PhD students in the areas of palliative and end of life care.

Professional activities and memberships

I am an Associate Editor for BMC Palliative Care, I sit on the Editorial Advisory Board for Palliative Medicine. I chair the EAPC taskforce for Costs of Family Caregiving, I co-chair the EAPC Reference Group for Family Caregivers. I chair the Palliative Care Studies Advisory Group PPI panel.