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About Us

Palliative Research

We have a portfolio of palliative research that is largely lead by Professor Miriam Johnson.  Professor Johnson's research focuses on cancer, life limiting illness and the management of related symptoms.  Of particular interest are interventions concerning breathlessness and Professor Johnson has generated and delivered a number of studies relating to this.  Professor Johnson has experience  of writing and delivering both simple observation studies and national multi-centre randomised control trials of both drugs and complex non-pharmaceutical interventions within the field of palliative medicine.  We also conduct research projects that are Nurse led by those that have an active interest in palliative care.  Our research  benefits from close relations with both Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and Saint Catherine's Hospice.

Palliative care research is a growing area across the Yorkshire & Humber with three Professors of Palliative Medicine (Miriam Johnson and Fliss Murtagh at HYMS, and Mike Bennett at Leeds) and two new Senior Lecturers in Palliative Medicine at Sheffield (Paul Taylor and Catriona Mayland).  The York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust hospitals are therefore well placed to contribute to portfolio studies led by Yorkshire and Humber clinical academics.

Please click here to be taken to the NIHR Be Part of Research website where you can search for research studies that are currently being undertaken in our Speciality at our Trust.

Our Research Team

We have dedicated National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Clinical Research Network (CRN) funded Research Nurses and Clinical Trials Assistants within York and Scarborough Hospitals working on Palliative research.  Some of these members of staff also regularly visit Saint Catherine's Hospice to see research participants.  Each member of the research team are trained to national standards of Good Clinical Practice (GCP).  A number of Clinical Nurse Specialists in our Hospitals are also involved with delivering our research.

Meet our Team Members

Name, Job Title Email Telephone Number
Janine Mallinson, Research Nurse 01723 34 6193
Kerry Elliott, Research Nurse 01723 34 2384
Lisa Carr-Knott, Research Delivery Facilitator 01904 72 5122

Our Researchers

Name, Job Title
 Professor Miriam Johnson, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Research Lead, Co Speciality Palliative Care Group Lead, CRN
Dr Anne Garry, Consultant in Palliative Medicine
Kathryn Sartain, Lead Nurse for End of Life Care

1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021

York and Scarborough

100 research studies open to recruitment


4760 patients recruited into clinical trials