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Dr Yakubu Salifu

Lancaster University, Lecturer

Yakubu Salifu

Faculty Of Health And Medicine



Tel: + 44(0)1524593308

Research overview

My research interest falls under three broad areas;

  • Palliative care/managing care at the end of life so that patients and their families will feel supported and live a more dignified life.
  • The other areas of interest are providing care in a resource-poor context. This includes the provision of home-based palliative care and how services are delivered to meet the needs and aspirations of patients and their caregivers, particularly access to care (financial, resources, practical, and technical support).
  • Lastly,  palliative care around health and social policy to include vulnerable people who have challenges in accessing care. This involves how policy and professional interventions address the challenges of patients and families in dealing with long term chronic conditions.  


I am a Co-Director of the LU Africa Research Hub and Senior Fellow HEA. My research is primarily influenced by my professional background as a nurse and an educationist, focusing on adult health, palliative care, family caregiving, and health policy. I have been involved in a large EU-funded consortium project called MyPal and serve as the CEO of COMPASS Ghana, a charitable organisation registered in both the UK and Ghana, aiming to improve access to palliative care in resource-poor communities. My recent research has centred on older adult care, family caregiving, home care, palliative and end-of-life care, and masculinity and stigma.

My PhD explored the experiences of men living with advanced prostate cancer and their caregivers, particularly in navigating home-based care within resource-poor contexts, addressing family caregiving dynamics, and cultural responses to illnesses such as stigma and masculinity. I supervise PhD students across the Division of Health Research, particularly in palliative care. I am keen to supervise PhD students focusing on palliative care topics, including addressing inequalities, understanding family caregiving dynamics, exploring cultural responses to chronic diseases, addressing poverty and financial insecurity, fostering compassionate communities, and integrating research seamlessly into care provision.

Career Details

I am a registered General Nurse in Ghana and Registered Nurse (Adult) in the UK. With a background in nursing and education, I serve as Co-Director of the LU Africa Research Hub and CEO of COMPASS Ghana

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in research regarding patients, caregivers and health care professionals managing end of life conditions and symptom burden particularly in resource poor-context. I have researched men living with advanced prostate cancer and how they and their family caregivers. 

Research Grants

MyPal project consortium. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 825872


Current Teaching

I teach on the Modules (1) DHR 517: Palliative Care-Theory, Policy, and Practice

                                   (2) BIOL 333: Ethics in Biomedicine, and 

                                   (3) contributes to module DHR 468: Dementia Studies

I also co-facilitates PACE MOOC - Online course on  improving palliative care in nursing care            homes

Current Research

EU Funded Project, MyPal.

Global Challenge Fund (GCRF) project on Respiratory Health in Nepal

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