Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Research into Supportive, Palliative and End-of-life Care (NCARE)
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Welcome to NCARE at the The University of Nottingham’s School of Health Sciences.

As the number of patients living with chronic and terminal illnesses grows, there is an increasing need to provide excellent supportive and palliative care, particularly for older people, and for extended periods of time prior to and throughout the final stages of illness.  

At NCARE, we carry out research that:

  • leads to a greater understanding of patient experiences of chronic, debilitating and life-threatening illnesses
  • helps to improve the professional delivery of healthcare
  • informs service-development initiatives and professional education and training   


Our research focus is not only on illnesses such as cancer, but reaches into traditionally under-served populations and under-researched areas, including LGBT, dementia and older people. We touch upon all stages of care, including prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and care of the dying. 

Explore our research themes

Frail older people (including those with dementia) and their families

Exploring experiences of giving and receiving care from the perspectives of patients, family carers/significant others and healthcare professionals. 

Communication and decision making (including advance care planning)

Exploring how communication shapes patient and professional understanding and engagement in medical decision making.  


Medicines management

Exploring how patients and families deal with the demands of increasingly complex treatment regimes within the home.  

Addressing inequalities

Understanding the preferences of culturally diverse, minority and under-served groups in relation to palliative and end-of-life care. 


Critical perspectives on policy and practice (across settings)

Developing the evidence base to inform developments in policy, practice and professional education. 


Meet our researchers

Dr Kristian Pollock

Kristian is a principal research fellow and interim lead of NCARE. She is currently working on an international study to establish the effectiveness of a structured Advance Care Planning intervention to improve the quality of life and symptomatic control of patients with advanced cancer. 

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PhD opportunities

Discover the latest opportunities for PhD research in the field of supportive, palliative and end-of-life care


Read more about the group in our newsletters


Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Research into Supportive, Palliative and End-of-life Care (NCARE)

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA