Reader in Health Services Research, University of Huddersfield

Dr Mary Turner is Reader in Health Services Research at the University of Huddersfield. She has worked on a wide range of research projects focused on palliative and end of life care, incorporating the perspectives of patients, caregivers and staff in different care settings.

Her most recent work is in the area of ageing and dying in prison. Mary is Co-chair of an international Task Force on palliative care for prisoners for the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC). Prison populations across the world are increasing. In the UK numbers have doubled in the last two decades, and older prisoners now constitute the fastest growing section of the prison population. These demographic changes have profound consequences, including increased demand for health and social care in prison, and rising numbers of anticipated deaths in custody. Dr Turner studies prisons' capacity to care for aging inmate populations, and the social and palliative care available in punitive facilities for inmates reaching their end of their life, who will very likely die in prison.

Research interests:
Families and spouses of prisoners
Palliative and end-of-life care
Prisons and prisoners


  • –present
    Reader in Health Services Research, University of Huddersfield