I am a social scientist specialising in palliative and end of life care. I have specific interests in how clinicians communicate about death and dying and support patients in making decisions about their future care, and in broader psycho-social aspects of illness and care, including bereavement.
In January 2017 I co-founded the University of Bristol's Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group. In 2021 we are collaborating with partners across the city to hold a week-long festival about grief: Good Grief, Bristol (goodgriefbristol.com).
I joined the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Bristol in January 2016. Before my current post I worked for ten years as a researcher at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London. There I completed my PhD, a mixed methods study of the assessment of spiritual well-being among patients receiving palliative care in South Africa and Uganda.
During my career I have conducted and coordinated research in palliative and end of life care across primary, tertiary and community settings in the UK, India, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya and the USA. My research has focused on a range of life-limiting health conditions and the experiences of patients, family caregivers and healthcare professionals, aiming to inform the delivery of healthcare and the development and evaluation of interventions. I am currently conducting an NIHR Career Development Fellowship focused on staff-patient communication in advanced kidney disease.
Before moving into health research, I studied Philosophy, completing an MPhil specialising in Philosophy of Science in 2003. My research is often interdisciplinary, and uses mainly qualitative and mixed research methodologies.