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


The NCARE group is delighted to welcome Professor Rowan Harwood as centre lead. Rowan is a Professor of Palliative and End of life care, and Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine.

He has considerable research experience alongside his clinical role and has worked on a number of studies in end of life care, medicine in older age, dementia, cerebrovascular disease and disability and rehabilitation.

He has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and experience of clinical trials. He has held an MRC training fellowship in health services research and completed an MSc in epidemiology and advanced statistics.




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. 






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