NCARE (Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Research into Supportive, Palliative and End-of-life Care)
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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. Our research focus is not only on illnesses such as cancer, but reaches into traditionally under-served populations and under-researched areas, including dementia, older people, neurological conditions and dying alone.

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

Explore our research themes

Nurse and patient by the Highfields boating lake

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.


Professor John Atherton - Head of the School of Clinical Sciences with patient in QMC.

Communication and decision making (including advance care planning)

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


Student in pharmacy

Medicines management

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


Two students having a discussion on a bench outside.

Addressing inequalities

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


Student working on a laptop in the Medical School

Critical perspectives on policy and practice (across settings)

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




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

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