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Dr Catherine Evans

HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Care & Nursing. Research, Development and Innovation Director, and Honorary Nurse Consultant Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

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Phone: 0207 848 5579
Fax: 0207 848 5517
Email: catherine.evans@kcl.ac.uk
Researcher ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-9756-2012

 

 

 

Research

Palliative care; end of life care; research methods; research ethics; primary health care; community nursing; older people.

Biography

Dr Catherine Evans is an HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Care and Nursing. This is a joint clinical academic post between Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London. Catherine's joint post enables her to influence the impact of research evidence to improve the clinical effectiveness of services, support innovations in clinical practice and build research capacity in the priority areas of palliative care for older people and community health services. Her research work focusses on palliative care for older people, community health services and mixed method trial designs.

Catherine holds a senior NHS position as Research, Development and Innovation Director, and Honorary Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care for Older People. Her research work focuses on the management of uncertain recovery for older people in community hospitals. This is part of Catherine's programme of work on palliative care for older people in community settings. Her work builds on her HEE/NIHR Clinical Lectureship that focused on optimising palliative care for older people with frailty and multi-morbidities in community settings (OPTCare Elderly).  

Catherine joined the Cicely Saunders Institute in January 2010 as a senior research fellow managing the research project ‘Methods of Evaluating End of Life Care’ (MORECare), funded by the NIHR/MRC. Catherine continues this work undertaking a study on capacity and consent in end of life care (MORECare Capacity) funded by Marie Curie Cancer Care. 

Key Leadership Roles
  • Lead for the Marie Curie Cancer Care funded MORECare Capacity project
  • Lead for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funded OptCare Elderly project
  • Deputy Chair of the Research Quality and Strategy Executive Group, Cicely Saunders Institute
Selected Publications
  • Bone AE, Gao W, Gomes B, Sleeman KE, Maddocks M, Wright J, Yi D, Higginson IJ, and Evans CJ, on behalf of OPTCare Elderly ‘Factors Associated with Transition from Community Settings to Hospital as Place of Death for Adults Aged 75 Years or Older: A Population-Based Mortality Follow-back Survey’ Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2016 DOI: 10.1111/jgs.14442
  • Bone AE, Morgan M, Maddocks M, Sleeman KE, Wright J, Taherzadeh S, Ellis-Smith C, Higginson IJ, and Evans CJ ‘Developing a model of short-term integrated palliative and supportive care for frail older people in community settings: perspectives of older people, carers and other key stakeholders’ (AA-16-0032), Age and Ageing 2016 DOI:10.1093/ageing/afw124
  • Gaertner J, Siemens W, Daveson BA, Smith M, Evans CJ, Higginson IJ, Becker G: Of apples and oranges: Lessons learned from the preparation of research protocols for systematic reviews exploring the effectiveness of Specialist Palliative Care. BMC Palliat Care 2016, 15:43
  • Ellis-Smith C, Evans CJ, Bone A, Henson LA, Dzingina M, Kane P, Higginson IJ and Daveson B on behalf of BuildCare Measures to assess commonly experienced symptoms for people with dementia in long-term care settings: a systematic review BMC Medicine 2016, 14:18 
  • Daveson BA, De Wolf-Linder S, Witt J, Newson K, Morris C, Higginson IJ, Evans CJ on behalf of BuildCare  "Results of a transparent expert consultation on patient and public involvement in palliative care research. Palliat Med. 2015 (Published online) 10.1177/0269216315584875 
  • Evans CJ, Yuen H, Daveson BA, Hall S, Higginson IJ, and Wei G, on behalf of the GUIDE_Care project (2014). ‘Place and cause of death in centenarians: a population based observational study in England, 2001 to 2010’. PLoS Medicine 2014, 11(6): e1001653  
  • Evans CJ, Stone KA, Manthorpe J and Higginson IJ. ‘MRC guidance developing and evaluating complex interventions: application to research on palliative and end-of-life care’. NIHR School of Social Care Research Method Review 2013, 15 
  • Farquhar M, Preston N, Evans CJ, Grande G, Short V et al. ‘Mixed methods research in the development and evaluation of complex interventions in palliative and end-of-life care: report on the MORECare consensus exercise’. Journal of Palliative Medicine 2013, 16(12): 1-11 
  • Gysels M, Evans CJ, Lewis P, Speck P, Benalia H, Preston NJ, Grande GE, Short V, Owen-Jones E, Todd CJ, Higginson IJ. ‘MORECare research methods guidance development: recommendations for ethical issues in palliative and end-of-life care research’. Palliative Medicine 2013, 27(10): 908-917 
  • Preston NJ, Fayers P, Walters SJ, Pilling M, Grande GE, Short V, Owen-Jones E, Evans CJ,  Benalia H, Higginson IJ, Todd CJ on behalf of MORECare. ‘Recommendations for managing missing data, attrition and response shift in palliative and end-of-life care research: part of the MORECare research method guidance on statistical issues’. Palliative Medicine 2013, 27(10): 899-907 
  • Evans CJ, Benalia H, Preston NJ, Grande G, Gysels M, Short V, Daveson BA, Bausewein C, Todd C, Higginson IJ on behalf of MORECare. ‘The selection and use of outcome measures in palliative and end-of-life care research: the MORECare international consensus workshop’. Journal of Pain and  Symptom Management 2013, 46(6): 925–937  
  • Higginson IJ, Evans CJ, Grande G, et al. Evaluating complex interventions in End of Life Care: the MORECare Statement on good practice generated by a synthesis of transparent expert consultations and systematic reviews. BMC Med. 2013;11(111) doi: DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-111 [published Online First: Epub Date]
  • Evans CJ, Harding R, Higginson IJ, et al. ‘Best practice’ in developing and evaluating palliative and end-of-life care services: A meta-synthesis of research methods for the MORECare project. Palliat. Med. 2013; doi: 10.1177/0269216312467489[published Online First: Epub Date]
  • Gysels MH, Evans CJ and Higginson IJ. Patient, caregiver, health professional and researcher views and experiences of participating in research at the end of life: a critical interpretive synthesis of the literature. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2012; 12: 123
  • Higginson IJ, Evans CJ. What is the evidence that palliative care teams improve outcomes for cancer patients and their families? Cancer Journal. 2010 Sep-Oct;16(5):423-35
  • Goodman C, Evans C, Wilcock J et al (2010) End of life care for community dwelling older people with dementia: an integrated review, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 25; 4: 329-337
  • Gysels M, Evans CJ, Lewis P, Speck P, Benalia H, Preston NJ, Grande GE, Short V, Owen-Jones E, Todd CJ, and Higginson IJ on behalf of MORECare, MORECare research methods guidance development: Recommendations for ethical issues in palliative and end-of-life care research. Palliat. Med. 2013 doi: 10.1177/0269216313488018 [published Online First]
  • Evans CJ, Benalia H, Preston NJ, Grande G, Gysels M, Short V, Daveson BA, Bausewein C, Todd C, Higginson IJ on behalf of MORECare. The Selection and Use of Outcome Measures in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Research: The MORECare International Consensus Workshop. J. Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.01.010[published Online First].
  • Preston NJ, Fayers P, Walters SJ, Pilling M, Grande GE, Short V, Owen-Jones E, Evans CJ, Benalia H, Higginson IJ, Todd CJ, on behalf of, MORECare. Recommendations for managing missing data, attrition and response shift in palliative and end-of-life care research: Part of the MORECare research method guidance on statistical issues. Palliat. Med. 2013 doi: 10.1177/0269216313486952[published Online First]
  • Evans CJ, Stone KA, Manthorpe J and Higginson IJ, NIHR School of Social Care Research Methods Review on MRC Guidance Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions; application to research on palliative and end-of-life care, in – print London: NIHR School of Social Care Research, London School of Economics and Political Sciences
  • Higginson IJ, Evans CJ, Grande G, et al. Evaluating complex interventions in End of Life Care: the MORECare Statement on good practice generated by a synthesis of transparent expert consultations and systematic reviews. BMC Med. 2013;11(111) doi: DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-111[published Online First: Epub Date]
  • Evans CJ, Harding R, Higginson IJ, et al. ‘Best practice’ in developing and evaluating palliative and end-of-life care services: A meta-synthesis of research methods for the MORECare project. Palliat. Med. 2013; doi: 10.1177/0269216312467489[published Online First: Epub Date]
  • Gysels MH, Evans CJ and Higginson IJ. Patient, caregiver, health professional and researcher views and experiences of participating in research at the end of life: a critical interpretive synthesis of the literature. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2012; 12: 123
  • Higginson IJ, Evans CJ. What is the evidence that palliative care teams improve outcomes for cancer patients and their families? Cancer Journal. 2010 Sep-Oct;16(5):423-35
  • Goodman C, Evans C, Wilcock J et al (2010) End of life care for community dwelling older people with dementia: an integrated review, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 25; 4: 329-337
  • Gysels M, Evans CJ, Lewis P, Speck P, Benalia H, Preston NJ, Grande GE, Short V, Owen-Jones E, Todd CJ, and Higginson IJ on behalf of MORECare, MORECare research methods guidance development: Recommendations for ethical issues in palliative and end-of-life care research. Palliat. Med. 2013 doi: 10.1177/0269216313488018 [published Online First]
  • Evans CJ, Benalia H, Preston NJ, Grande G, Gysels M, Short V, Daveson BA, Bausewein C, Todd C, Higginson IJ on behalf of MORECare. The Selection and Use of Outcome Measures in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Research: The MORECare International Consensus Workshop. J. Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.01.010[published Online First].
  • Preston NJ, Fayers P, Walters SJ, Pilling M, Grande GE, Short V, Owen-Jones E, Evans CJ, Benalia H, Higginson IJ, Todd CJ, on behalf of, MORECare. Recommendations for managing missing data, attrition and response shift in palliative and end-of-life care research: Part of the MORECare research method guidance on statistical issues. Palliat. Med. 2013 doi: 10.1177/0269216313486952[published Online First]
  • Evans CJ, Stone KA, Manthorpe J and Higginson IJ, NIHR School of Social Care Research Methods Review on MRC Guidance Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions; application to research on palliative and end-of-life care, in – print London: NIHR School of Social Care Research, London School of Economics and Political Sciences
Teaching
  • PhD supervision since 2012
  • MSc supervision since 2010
  • MSc Palliative Care at King’s College London – teaching on modules for ‘Research Methods and Statistics’, ‘Service Development and Management’, ‘ Service Organisation and Policy’
  • MORECare eLearning (Developing & Evaluating Complex Interventions) academic lead
Current PhD Students
Selected Grants
  • NIHR Senior Clinical Lectureship (ref: ICA-SCL-2015-01-001) - Personal award held by Catherine Evans. Managing clinical uncertainty for older people in community hospitals to improve communication and palliative care; development and feasibility evaluation of the new SPACEtoolkit – Symptom and Psychosocial Assessment and Communication Evaluation. Evans CJ, Marshall S and Higginson IJ. £318,486.00. (2016-2021)
  • NIHR – National Institute For Health Research. Palliative long-term abdominal drains versus repeated drainage individuals with untreatable ascites due to advanced cirrhosis: a feasibility randomised controlled trial. Verma S (PI), Mason L, Evans CJ et al. £232,726. (2015- 2017)
  • NIHR HS&DR - National Institute For Health Research, Health Services and Delivery Research Programme. Evaluation of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Short-term Integrated Palliative Care Services (SIPC) to OPTimise CARE for people with advanced long term Neurological conditions (OPTCARE Neuro). Higginson IJ (PI) et al. £1.34 million (2014-2017)
  • NIHR - National Institute For Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit. Optimising palliative care for older people in commuity settings; development and feasibility evaluation of a model of short-term integrated palliative care (OPTCare Elderly Study phases 1b and 2). Evans CJ (PI) et al. £256,928 (2013-2016)
  • Robert Bosch Stiftung. Capacity building palliative Care Leaders: does it make a difference? Koffman J (PI), Evans CJ, Benalia H and Higginson IJ. £43,074 (2013-2015)
  • NIHR Programme Grant. Delivering high quality and cost effective palliative care for patients in the last year of life and their families. Murtagh F (PI) et al. £1.96 million (2013-2018)
  • Marie Curie Cancer Research UK (CRUK). Mental capacity and processes of informed consent for research on end of life care (EoLC). Evans CJ, Hotopf M, Koffman J, Lewis P and Higginson IJ. £97,602. (2012-13)
  • NIHR - National Institute For Health Research, Sussex Community NHS Trust. Optimising palliative care for older people in the community: development and evaluation of a new short term collaborative service - CAT Clinical Lectureship. Evans C, Harrington A and Higginson IJ. £115,784 (NIHR), £96,333 (Sussex Community NHS Trust). (2011-15)
  • Marie Curie Cancer Research UK (CRUK). Mental capacity and processes of informed consent for research on end of life care (EoLC). Evans CJ, Hotopf M, Koffman J, Lewis P and Higginson IJ. £97,602. (2012-13)
  • NIHR - National Institute For Health Research, Sussex Community NHS Trust. Optimising palliative care for older people in the community: development and evaluation of a new short term collaborative service - CAT Clinical Lectureship. Evans C, Harrington A, and Higginson IJ. £115,784 (NIHR), £96,333 (Sussex Community NHS Trust). (2011-15)
  • DoH - Department of Health. Research Fellowship. Evans CJ, Griffiths P. £203,207. (2003-06)
Critical Impact

Contributing to and taking forward the MORECare Statement detailing best practice solutions for research evaluating services and treatments to improve study quality and set much needed common standards for evaluative research in end of life care.

International Links

Contribution to design and establish the European Palliative Care Academy leadership course (2013-2015). This is a joint project with Robert Bosch Stiftung, Germany and the four academic centres from across Europe-University Hospital of Cologne, Germany, Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Hospice Casa Sperantei, Brasov, Romania and Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London.

Committee member of the International Collaborations in Community Nursing Research supporting community nursing research, dissemination and impact national and international through its international network of nurse researchers, international conferences and fund raising.

 

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