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Dr Sandra Varey

Formerly at Lancaster University

Research overview

Sandra Varey is a Lecturer in Health Research in the Division of Health Research at Lancaster University. Her research interests encompass a wide-range of issues relating to ageing and palliative care, with a focus on qualitative research methodologies. Sandra has a number of years’ experience of working with adults of varying ages, both as a researcher and educator, and has worked with family carers and people living with a range of health conditions including cancer, COPD, dementia, diabetes and heart failure. She is interested in issues of ageing and wellbeing, including the relationships between older adults, family carers and healthcare professionals.

Sandra’s recent research includes:

  • Using life course methodologies to understand the impact of physical activity interventions on people living in Pennine Lancashire (the Together an Active Future phase 1 evaluation; funded by Sport England; 2019-2021)
  • Grief, loss and the Creative Arts (the A Home for Grief project evaluation; funded by the Arts Council; 2020-2021)
  • Experiences and Impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak for Older Adults (2020-2021)
  • Advance care planning for nursing homes in a COVID-19 outbreak (the Necessary Discussions project; funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland; 2020-2021)
  • Exploring patient and family carer experiences of a 7-day enhanced specialist palliative care service (funded by Macmillan Cancer Support; 2018-2020)
  • The use of technologies to support the self-management of long-term conditions for older people (the Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance Test Bed phase 1 evaluation; funded by NHS England; 2016-2018)


Current Research

Together an Active Future (TaAF) evaluation

Macmillan Enhanced 7-day Specialist Advice and Assessment programme evaluation

Current Research

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