The Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre brings together researchers, health and social care professionals from a range of disciplines, patients, families and members of the public to find and help deliver the best palliative care services and treatments.
We conduct palliative care research, and provide education and information relevant to the needs of people living with and dying from serious illness, their families and communities. We aim to improve quality of life and reduce inequalities in care, especially those driven by socio-economic status and diagnosis.
We are committed to involving patients, carers, families and local communities as active partners in shaping our research. We want to make sure that people with many different perspectives and experiences have the chance to influence what we do and how we do it. This helps us to focus on what really matters to people.
We aim to acknowledge all who have contributed to our work; University of Hull is signed up to the Science Council’s Technical Commitment initiative – and we implement this approach.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is the active total care of people with progressive, life-limiting illness to help them to live well through control of symptoms, support for psychological, social and spiritual concerns and care for their families and friends.
Palliative care can be applied as an extra layer of care alongside treatment of medical conditions which aims to cure or prolong life. It should be available according to need, and not restricted by diagnosis or prognosis.
Discover more about our Centre and our research
The work of the Centre is making a real difference to patient’s lives – and their families too. Discover more about our inspirational people and our impactful research through our pages below.
If you are inspired by our research and you would like to collaborate, visit or study with us, please do get in touch: WolfsonPallCare@hyms.ac.uk
Latest Wolfson news
Breathlessness hits employment: Study featured in The Limbic Respiratory
A recent study conducted by Dr Joseph Clark, Professor Miriam Johnson, Professor David Currow and colleagues has identified the negative impact of chronic breathlessness on workforce participation in Australia. International health media outlet The Limbic Respiratory has highlighted this important finding, which is likely replicable in countries worldwide. It is now important to explore how much negative financial impact can be reduced through improved identification and treatment of breathlessness. Read more in BMC Pulmonary Medicine.
Professor Fliss Murtagh invited as keynote speaker for the McGill International Congress on Palliative Care
Fliss is delighted to be invited as a keynote speaker for the McGill International Congress on Palliative Care, in Montréal, 18 to 21 October 2022. The congress is the longest running palliative care congress in the field. Founded in 1976 by Dr Balfour Mount and colleagues, it brings together over 1,500 delegates from more than 65 countries to participate. It is very interdisciplinary; every other year physicians, researchers, nurses, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, music therapists, art therapists, physical therapists and volunteers gather from around the globe to learn together. You can keep up to date with the Congress by joining their mailing list.
Welcome to Jonathan Koffman, Professor in Palliative Care
We are pleased to welcome Jonathan Koffman as Professor in Palliative Care, who joined us on 1 March 2022. Jonathan joined us from the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London where he has worked since 1997, most recently as Reader in Palliative Care.