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Dr Catherine Evans

HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Lecturer and Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care

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


Full details of Catherine’s publications, research grants and research students see King’s Research Portal

 Dr Catherine Evans is a Reader (Associate Professor) funded by a HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Lectureship. This is a joint clinical academic post between King’s College London and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. Catherine's joint post focuses on optimising the impact of research evidence to improve clinical effectiveness, lead 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 new models of palliative care to widen access to underserved groups, innovations in community health services, and developing methods of research in end of life care. Her research programme focuses on palliative care for older people in community settings. She leads research on managing clinical uncertainty in community hospitals (SPACE, funder HEE/NIHR) and co-leads the programme EMBED-Care – Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care, funder ESRC/NIHR. Her programme builds on the OPTCare Elderly trial optimising palliative care for older people with frailty and multi-morbidities in community settings (funder CNO/NIHR, NIHR RfPB).  

 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’ culminating in the MORECare statement and MORECare elearning  on best practice for research evaluating services and treatments in EoLC (funder MRC). Catherine continued this work developing the statement MORECare_Capacity on processes of consent for adults with impaired capacity nearing the end of life (funder Marie Curie). 

Key Leadership Roles
  • Leads the HEE/NIHR funded study SPACE – Symptom and psychosocial assessment and communication evaluation to manage clinical uncertainty in community hospitals
  • Co-leads the ESRC/NIHR funded programme EMBED-Care on Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care, a joint programme with UCL and KCL
  • Executive lead for the Patient and Public Involvement Executive Group, Cicely Saunders Institute
Selected Publications 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 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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