Professor Jane Seymour

RGN, BA(hons); MA, PhD

Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School

Professor of Palliative and End-of-Life Care
+44 114 222 2078

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Professor Jane Seymour
Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School
Barber House Annexe
3 Clarkehouse Road
S10 2HQ

I qualified as a nurse in 1982 and gained a PhD from the University of Sheffield in 1994. After that I worked as a research fellow, Senior Lecturer and Reader. I rejoined the University of Sheffield in April 2016 as Professor of Palliative and End-of-Life Care following ten years at the University of Nottingham as the leader of the Sue Ryder Care Centre for the Study of Supportive, Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

I have contributed to research grants and awards totalling over £7.5 million and have published over 140 outputs in peer reviewed journals. I have made contributions to more than 20 key texts on palliative care, most recently publishing book chapters in edited collections about end-of-life care for older people (2010; 2015); palliative sedation (2014) and advance care planning (2010; 2015).

Research interests

My current research interests include: advance care planning and end-of-life decision-making, palliative and end-of-life care for frail older people; palliative and end-of-life care in resource poor contexts nationally and internationally; public education for end-of-life care.

Current projects

  • Van der Heide, A. (EU study co-ordinator)Advance care planning. An innovative palliative care intervention to improve quality of life in oncology (ACTION). A multi-centre cluster randomised trial.

  • Seymour, J., Tod, A., Wilcock, A et al.Improving Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Systematic Review of Evidence on the Role and Outcomes of Clinical Nurse Specialists and Related Complex Interventions

  • Johnston, B. , Almack K., Wilson, E. and Seymour, J.E. Macmillan Specialist palliative care at home service: a national evaluation.

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Conference proceedings papers

Teaching interests

Specialist areas of teaching include palliative and end-of-life care; qualitative and mixed research methods, particularly as applied to palliative and end-of-life care.

I supervise Masters and PhD students and have examined at doctoral level nationally and internationally.

I contribute by invitation to workshops and seminars, nationally and internationally, aimed at the education of health and social care professionals and researchers in the field of palliative and end-of-life care.

Professional activities

I am the Chair of the National End-of- Life Care Research Funders Interest Group (convened by Marie Curie) and a member of the Marie Curie Strategic Advisory Committee and Quinquennial Research Review committee. I was a member and deputy chair of the Health Care Sciences Research Review Panel, Swedish Research Council (2013 and 2012) and member of The Commission into the Future of Hospice Care, 2011 to 2013.