PhD, MA (Distinction) in Death and Society, Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (Distinction), RGN
Kate trained at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington in 1988. She rapidly developed an interest in end of life care and worked in a variety of hospices and acute care settings in London providing palliative care to both adults and children. Her interest in evidenced based practice and research grew whilst she when working as a ward sister when she became increasingly interested in ensuring that best practice was systematically implemented into nursing care.
Kate was employed at Keele University School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2009. She is the Lead Lecturer for Palliative Care and a member of the Royal College of Nursing, Pain and Palliative Care Steering Committee. Kate leads the School Palliative Care, Loss and Bereavement research group and is chair of the School Project Research Ethics group. She is committed to ensuring that the
education we provide not only helps develop the knowledge and skills required to function effectively in today’s healthcare environment, but also to preparing students to be able to adapt and improve care as the evidence base changes.

Research and scholarship

Kate’s research is primarily focused around supporting patients and families affected by advancing incurable disease. She is Chair the School Palliative Care, Loss and Bereavement research group. In collaboration with other members of this group she has been successful in gaining funding to consider issues surrounding grief and loss in the criminal justice system. She was in developing the the Bounce Back Boy into a media resource ( with the RCN Pain and Palliative Care forum. She is actively involved in researching palliative care context in a palliative international. Kate’s PhD considered the care needs of hospice patients and families with a family history of cancer in the context of genetic


My main teaching focus is palliative and end of life care but I am also actively involved in teaching evidence based practice. In particular, I lead the MSc Clininal Effectiveness Module and the MSc Advanced Work-based practice Module.


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