Dr Catriona Mayland


Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Yorkshire Cancer Research (YCR) Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Catriona Mayland
+44 114 215 9021

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Dr Catriona Mayland
Department of Oncology and Metabolism
Room 225, Broomcross Building
Weston Park Hospital
Whitham Road
S10 2SJ

For enquiries, please contact - om-operational@sheffield.ac.uk

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2018 after obtaining a Yorkshire Cancer Research (YCR) Senior Clinical Research Fellowship. Previously, I was a Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Liverpool.

I was awarded my Doctor of Medicine (MD) thesis from the University of Liverpool in 2010. The research focused on the development, validation and use of ‘Evaluating Care and Health Outcomes – for the Dying (ECHO-D), a unique post-bereavement outcome measure assessing the quality of patient care and family support in the last days of life.

  • MBChB, University of Glasgow
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Liverpool
  • FRCPS (Glasgow)
  • Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Palliative Medicine 2008
Research interests
  • Palliative care
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Pre-testing survey methods
  • Post-bereavement surveys
  • Validation and use of outcome measures
  • Development and evaluation of complex interventions

My post-doctoral work has focused on two main areas:

Development, validation and use of post-bereavement outcome measurements

I developed and validated a shortened version of ‘ECHO-D’, ‘Care Of the Dying Evaluation’ (CODETM). CODETM has been used nationally and was incorporated as a patient and carer related outcome in the Royal College of Physicians National Care of the Dying Audit – Hospitals.

Additionally, it forms part of a 3 year (2017-2020) European Union-Latin American Caribbean international research project focused on undertaking a post-bereavement survey of quality of care for dying cancer patients in 4 European and 3 Latin American countries.

Integration of palliative care into routine oncological care – specific focus on head and neck cancer

I am developing a programme of work focused on head and neck cancer, a complex patient group with marked socio-economic factors impacting on their care. I was successful in being awarded Research Capability Funding to undertake a mixed methods research study focused on unmet needs and health service usage for advanced head and neck cancer.

My future focus is using the MRC Framework for the development and evaluation of complex interventions to help better integrate palliative care within routine oncological care with a particular focus with head and neck cancer.


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Journal articles

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Journal articles


  • Ellershaw JE, Gambles M & Mayland CR (2008) Care of the imminently dying - Standards of care In Walsh TD, Foley KM & Glare P (Ed.), Palliative Medicine Elsevier RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mayland CR & Rogers SR () Palliative care for head and neck cancer In Shah JP & Johnson NW (Ed.), Oral cancer RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mayland CR & Ellershaw JE () The role and challenges for providing palliative care to head and neck cancer patients In Jones T & Paleri V (Ed.), Otorhinolaryngology RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

  • Mayland CR (2002) Critical moments - death and dying in intensive care. Palliative Medicine(16). RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers


Pain in malignant pleural mesothelioma: a prospective, longitudinal study 

Date: 2020 - current
Funding: British Lung Foundation, £25,000

Role: Principle investigator
Current activity: In set-up 

International ‘Care Of the Dying Evaluation’ (CODE): quality of care for cancer patients as perceived by bereaved relatives.

Date: 2017 – 2020
Funding: ERA-Net LAC 426,478 Euros; Marie Curie Centre Grant £38,000; Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Grant £375; CRN non-recurrent contingency funding £4303
Role: UK Lead; co-investigator; Lead for work package 1 – Pilot and preparation
Current activity: Output phase

Living with advanced head and neck cancer.

Date: 2017 – 2018
Funding: Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group Research Capability Funding £28,000; Aintree Patient and Carer Research Forum Charitable Trust £3200.
Role: Principle investigator
Current activity: Output phase

Invasive Procedures In Cancer Pain: Providing a safe, high quality and equitable Cordotomy service for patients with Mesothelioma across the UK (INPIC-CORD)

Date: 2015 - 2020
Funding: North Wales Awyr Las and The Frank and Rose Tillet Pain Clinic Charitable Fund, Portsmouth charities.
Role: Co-investigator
Current activity: Output phase

Teaching interests

My teaching interests lie within the field of Palliative Care and in particular focus on symptom control, integration of palliative care, advance care planning and unified DNACPR.

I contribute to the MSc (Res) in Translational Oncology at the University of Sheffield as well as the Phase 4 Undergraduate medical course and the SSC modules. I am also a Personal and Academic Tutor

Professional activities
  • Core member of the NCRI Supportive and Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group (CSG)
  • Member of the Cancer Clinical Trials Executive Committee (CCTE)
  • Clinical Expert on the Trials Steering Committee for the HTA funded 'CARer-ADministration of as-needed sub-cutaneous medication for breakthrough symptoms in homebased dying patients: a UK study' (CARiAD trial).