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Palliative care in advanced illness

We aim to enhance wellbeing and quality of life for those with advanced illness and their families, and reduce disparities in care, especially where linked to socioeconomic factors or diagnosis.

Why we are taking on palliative care

Palliative care is an essential component of healthcare for patients who are approaching the end of their lives or have advanced, life-limiting illnesses. It is delivered by a range of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers, and other specialists.

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of palliative care in the UK.

However, despite these efforts, there are still challenges in the provision of palliative care.

There are concerns about inequalities in access to care, with some patients and families still struggling to access the care they need. There is also a need for greater public awareness about palliative care and what it entails.

We want to change that.

* Palliative and End of Life Care Profiles, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

In the UK, 1 in 5 of those with palliative care need, and their families, do not receive this care and support
"We are dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing and quality of life for those with advanced illness and their families, and reducing disparities in care."

Professor Fliss Murtagh

Director of the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre


What we want to achieve

We believe that everyone who is suffering from an advanced illness deserves access to excellent palliative and end-of-life care, regardless of their location or identity. Palliative care provides an added layer of support which can much improve wellbeing and quality of life.

Our focus on research is integral to delivering high-quality care. Our aim is to produce research of global standards that promotes equal access to and provision of high-quality palliative care for all people and their families who are facing advanced illness.

We are dedicated to engaging people with advanced illness, caregivers, families, and local communities as active participants in our research. Our goal is to ensure that people with diverse perspectives and experiences help shape what we do and how we do it. This approach enables us to prioritise what truly matters to people with advanced illness themselves.

Members of the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre collaboratively working
Members of the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre collaboratively working around a whiteboard

Our expertise in palliative care research

Our researchers are world leaders in palliative care research. We pioneer knowledge on best care practices, and disseminate our research so everyone can benefit from our expertise.

We are dedicated to enhancing access and quality of care for all, where palliative care is a recognised as a fundamental right. 

Our expertise includes:

  • A partnership with Hull University Hospitals NHS Trust, the Clinical Sciences Centre, which brings together scientists, academic and clinical researchers and healthcare professionals in translational cancer and respiratory research.

  • The Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre works to directly improve the health and symptom experience of patients living with advanced illnesses, and to improve support to their families, and to reduce inequities in care.

Thank you to our funders

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Explore our research groups contributing to palliative care research