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Led by Professor Richard Harding and Dr Katherine Bristowe, and funded by  Marie Curie.


ACCESSCare A aimed to improve demand for and supply of palliative care for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans) people facing advanced illness.


The full paper from the ACCESSCare A study is freely available via open access from the Palliative Medicine website, HERE.


The ACCESSCare A project was designed to address inequity through:

A resource for LGBT people and others close to them on palliative and end-of-life care is freely available in two formats, either to  download and print or to view online, below. 


  • Improving care delivery through the development and dissemination of education and training resources, and  recommendations to improve care for LGBT people.
  • Improved supply of appropriate end-of-life care through development of training resources for integration within existing end-of-life care curricula for health care professionals.

An e-learning course for health care professionals is coming soon, so WATCH THIS SPACE!


The project involved in-depth qualitative interviews with 40 LGBT people from across the UK who were in the later stages of a life-limiting illness, their informal caregivers (partners, friends or relatives), as well as with bereaved caregivers of people who died from a progressive illness or condition.

The ACCESSCare A study commenced in May 2014, and recruitment closed in January 2016. It was the first study in what is now a stream of research focussing on the needs and experiences of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans +) people facing serious illness, advanced illness and bereavement, and those close to them.

The ACCESSCare A Project was conducted in collaboration with the GMFA, the National Council for Palliative Care, and Hospice UK, and funded by Marie Curie.

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All outputs and impact generated from the ACCESSCare research studies are detailed  HERE.



Please get in touch with the ACCESSCare team for more information on

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