Palliative and End of Life Care

We undertake high-quality research to improve the quality of life of patients with life-limiting illnesses and their family caregivers; to improve palliative care service provision and; to influence health policy.

A patient being looked after by a Health Sciences student

The Palliative and End of Life Care research group conduct multi-disciplinary research that informs practice and policy in palliative and end of life care both nationally and internationally.

The group has close links with NHS providers and hospices nationally and locally and with the Sheffield Centre of Health and Related Research (SCHARR) within The University of Sheffield. We work closely with a range of international collaborators and academic institutions worldwide.

Research Expertise

We have specialist expertise in a range of methodologies and our main areas of research focus include: 

  • Inequity and inequality in palliative care; improving palliative care access and provision for under-served groups. 
  • Financial and economic costs of palliative care, and financial support for patients and their families.
  • International palliative care; addressing global challenges to establish palliative care in low and middle income countries
  • Palliative care in primary care; identification and management of supportive and palliative care needs in the community.
  • Oral history in palliative care   
  • Service user involvement and PPI, championing meaningful engagement with service users in palliative care research


Dr Clare Gardiner
Vice Chancellor's Fellow

Tel: 0114 222 2038


Professor Tony Ryan
Dr Fiona Wilson
Dr Clare Gardiner
Dr Michelle Winslow
Professor Jane Seymour
Dr Madeleine Harrison
Dr Sarah Mitchell
Dr Catriona Mayland
Dr Paul Taylor

Research students

Nuha Alatawi
Louise Bolton
Eleni Chambers
Sam Smith

Centres of excellence

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