Dr Catriona Mayland


Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health

Senior Clinical Lecturer

Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine

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Dr Catriona Mayland
Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health
Room 225, Broomcross Building
Weston Park Hospital
Whitham Road
S10 2SJ

For enquiries please contact - ClinMed-Operational@sheffield.ac.uk

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2018 after obtaining a Yorkshire Cancer Research (YCR) ‘CONNECTS’ Senior Clinical Research Fellowship. I am also an Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

I was awarded my Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Liverpool in 2010. My MD evaluated quality of care for dying patients and their families (last days of life) as perceived by bereaved relatives. From this work, I have developed, validated and used my international ‘Care Of the Dying Evaluation’ (CODETM) tool.

My belief that palliative care should help address injustices and inequities drives my research interests. These include complex cancer groups e.g., head and neck cancer, mesothelioma, and improving access and integration of palliative care, including bereavement support, through inclusive methodology.

  • 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 and end-of-life care
  • Complex cancer groups: Head and neck cancer; mesothelioma
  • Health service design and integration of care
  • Evaluation of quality of care at the very end-of-life
  • Validation and use of outcome measures, including post-bereavement surveys
  • Family and informal carer support including bereavement. 

I have expertise in mixed methods research and using collaborative, inclusive approaches to capture patient and family experiences. Within the University of Sheffield, I am the co-lead for Theme 5 of the Cancer Strategy, ‘Enhancing Patient Experience and Voice.’ 

I am the co-lead for the NIHR-funded ‘Palliative Partners – Head and Neck Cancer’ (PP-HANC) and the NIHR RfPB study, ‘Improving healthcare experiences for patients with Head and Neck Cancer’ (ii-HANC). I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2020.

Currently, I am the co-lead for the NIHR-funded PRP study, ‘Equitable bereavement care for all.’


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Journal articles

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Journal articles


  • Mayland CR & Ellershaw JE (2018) PALLIATIVE CARE FOR HEAD AND NECK CANCER, Scott-Brown’s Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Eighth Edition: Volume 1-3 (pp. 361-368). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aberg JA, Abernethy AP, Abrahm JL, Adolph M, Aherne M, Allsopp K, Altisent R, Alvarez CF, Amigo P, Anderson WG , Ang SK et al (2009) CONTRIBUTORS, Palliative Medicine (pp. xi-xxxii). Elsevier RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ellershaw J, Gambles M & Mayland C (2009) Standards of Care, Palliative Medicine (pp. 978-983). Elsevier RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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




Equitable Bereavement Care for All - An inclusive, qualitative study to improve bereavement services for those from ethnically diverse communities. NIHR Policy-Related Programme Grant.  

Understanding and identifying priorities for improving the healthcare experiences of people with incurable head and neck cancer. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.

Palliative Partners in Head & Neck Cancer – a network approach to addressing the needs of patients & their families. NIHR Palliative and End-of-Life Care Partnership Grant.

MINNOW study – Investigating the Mental health Implications of a mesothelioma diagnosis and developing resources to resources to Optimise Wellbeing. Meso UK

The journey from diagnosis to end-of-life care for patients with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM) – a retrospective palliative care review. Meso UK.

The impact and implications of COVID-19 on the relational, social, and healthcare experiences of hospice care in the West Midlands. UKRI Economic and Social Research Council.

The role and response of primary healthcare services in the delivery of palliative care during COVID-19: A mixed methods investigation and co-production of a framework for primary palliative care in pandemics. Royal College of General Practitioners.

Measuring, evaluating & improving the quality of care for dying people & their families. White Rose Collaboration fund.

Cancer Pain-assessment Toolkit for Use in RoutinE oncology outpatient services: a cluster randomised feasibility trial – CAPTURE. Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Pain in malignant pleural mesothelioma: a prospective, longitudinal study. British Lung Foundation.

Integrating palliative care into routine oncological care for head and neck cancer patients (YCR ‘CONNECTS’ Fellowship). Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Teaching interests

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

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

I have supervised one PhD student and one BSc student to completion, and currently supervise two PhD students as well as Academic Clinical Fellows and Research Associates. I welcome enquiries from potential motivated PhD students interested in areas of palliative care. 

Professional activities and memberships
  • Steering Group Member – National Audit for Care at the End of Life (NACEL).
  • Advisory Group Member – Sheffield Mesothelioma Research Centre.
  • Previous lead for the ‘Cancer Experience’ Group within the Department of Oncology and Metabolism.
  • Deputy Lead of the Sheffield Palliative Care Research Group.
  • Co-lead for Theme 5 ‘Enhancing Patient Experience and Voice’ for the University of Sheffield Cancer Strategy.