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Lecturer in Nursing, University of Birmingham

Cara Bailey is a lecturer in nursing in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Cara’s research maintains a broad interest in the care of people at the end of their lives beyond cancer in palliative and end of life studies and for those who work closely with the dying, the bereaved and the critically ill. She is primarily involved in research activity exploring patient experiences of end of life care in the ED and the design of interventions to improve supportive and palliative care from the emergency admission. Given the educational impact of this work, she also has an interest in the educational support to undergraduate students and trained nurses in relation to managing emotional labour when caring for the critically ill, dying and bereaved.

Cara’s research has received international interest and she frequently presents work about end-of-life care in the ED at both local and national level.


  • 2009–present
    Lecturer in Nursing and Physiotherapy, Birmingham University


  • 2013 
    University of Birmingham, PGCert (LTHE)
  • 2009 
    University of Nottingham , PhD
  • 2003 
    University of Nottingham , MN
  • 2003 
    University of Nottingham, RGN


  • 2011
    Dying cases in emergency places: Caring for the dying in Emergency Departments., Social Science and Medicine
  • 2011
    Professional tears: managing emotional labour at the end-of-life in the Emergency Department, Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • 2011
    Trajectories at the end of life in the Emergency Department. , Annals of Emergency Medicine