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Professor Catherine Walshe

Professor

Catherine Walshe

Furness Building

LA1 4YG

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 510124

Research overview

My research expertise is in palliative and end of life care. I have two main research interests: the way that palliative care is provided especially within primary and community care settings; and the experience of symptoms at the end of life. I am currently engaged in projects examining the effectiveness of social action projects on quality of life at the end of life (2014-2016), peer mentors for those with advanced cancer (2015-2018), a trial of NAMASTE care (2016-2018) and an evaluation of Cottage Hospice (2016-2018) . I am also interested in research methods and dissemination, and edit the journal 'Palliative Medicine'.

Current Research

Current projects include:

  • NAMASTE CARE TRIAL: investigating the feasibilty of conducting a trial of Namaste Care with people with advanced dementia in nnursing care homes (funded by NIHR HTA) with Prof Katherine Froggatt (PI) and colleagues from Hertfordshire, Liverpool, Bristol.
  • CHECC: investigating a new model of cottage hospice care with Hospice in the Weald. with Dr Sean Hughes (PI), Dr Mary Turner and Dr Helen Barnes.
  • ELSA: End of Life Social Action Project; investigating the effectiveness of social action projects to influence people's quality of life (funded by the Cabinet Office) with Prof. Sheila Payne, Dr Nancy Preston, Dr Guillermo Perez Algorta, Dr Steve Dodd and Nick Ockenden and Matt Hill (Institute for Volunteering Research).
  • PACT: A feasibility trial of a peer mentor intervention for those with advanced cancer with Dr Diane Roberts (University of Manchester) in collaboration with Linda Appleton (Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology), Dr Lynn Calman (Southampton University), Mr Paul Large (User representative), Prof Mari Lloyd-Williams (University of Liverpool), Prof Gunn Grande (University of Manchester), Prof Suzanne Skevington (University of Manchester).
  • I also supervise a number of PhD students following a traditional route PhD and on the PhD in Palliative Care programme.

Research Interests

Providing excellent and appropriate care at the end of life is critically important not only to those with life-limiting illness, but also to informal and professional carers.  This is a major issue, as it is estimated that around 63% of those who die will require palliative care at some stage during their illness. Research into all aspects of palliative care provision is vitally important, to provide appropriate evidence to support care decisions. Whilst there has been research in this field for a number of years now, there are still many unanswered questions as the evidence base remains small, possibly as a result of the poor funding in this area, and the need to develop research capacity. Within the International Observatory on End of Life Care we focus on a number of different areas of research which contribute to developing this evidence base: researching the needs of older people, symptom management, evaluating service models, and our overarching theme of developing research methods to investigate end of life care.

Current Teaching

Currently I teach the following modules:

  • DHR 517 Palliative care: History, Policy and Practice
  • DHR 516. Research design: key choices for qualitative and quantitative researchers
  • BIOL333. Ethics in Biomedicine

Additional Information

I am a Professor of Palliative Care and Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care, part of the Division of Health Research.  I am also Editor in Chief of the journal ‘Palliative Medicine’. This is one of the premier journals in the field, and is an international multi-disciplinary journal. Palliative Medicine is the research journal of the European Association of Palliative Care and an official journal of the Association of Palliative Medicine. It has a 2015 impact factor of 3.685.

I am a fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute. I act as external examiner to the MSc in Palliative Care at Cardiff University.

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