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Catherine Evans
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Professor Catherine Evans PhD, MSc, BSc (hons), RGN, SPQDN, (she/her)

Professor of Palliative Care

  • Honorary Nurse Consultant, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Research interests

  • Ageing
  • Palliative care

Biography

Catherine Evans is a Professor in Palliative Care and Honorary Nurse Consultant.

She has since 2011 held a joint post between the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. She has pursued a successful clinical-academic career as a nurse securing NIHR personal fellowships on the integrated clinical academic programme. Catherine’s clinical background is in palliative care and district nursing.

Catherine leads a programme of research on new models of care to strengthen the integration of palliative care in community healthcare and social care for older adults with multimorbidity, including dementia and frailty. Catherine co-leads a major research programme on Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care (EMBED-Care), and the CovPall_CareHome study on the care home response to meet palliative care needs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Her research is supported by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London palliative and end of life care theme, and NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex dementia theme.

Catherine is a co-applicant and member of the senior management group for the NIHR Research Design Service, South East. Her role focuses on strengthening collaborations between HEIs and the NHS and building research capability in the region.

Full details of Catherine’s publications, research grants and PhD students are available on her KCL Pure Research Profile. 

 

Research profile

    Research

    exercise class ladies lunge together csi project 780x450
    Adapting Pulmonary Rehabilitation for People Living with COPD & Frailty

    People with COPD and frailty can benefit from, yet face trouble completing pulmonary rehabilitation. BreathePlus will develop and test a new adapted approach.

    Project status: Ongoing

    hospital emergency room uk elderly man wheelchair csi project 780x450
    Understanding Why People With Dementia Attend the Emergency Department Towards the End of Life

    A mixed-methods study examining the determinants of emergency department attendance by people with dementia towards the end of life.

    Project status: Completed

    older men care home talking puzzle csi project 780x450
    Optimising Palliative Care for Older People in Community Settings

    OPTCare Elderly aimed to improve the quality of life for older people by developing a new short-term integrated palliative and supportive care service.

    Project status: Completed

    older man consultation csi project 780x450
    Managing Care for Adults During Clinical Uncertainty in Community Hospitals

    Development and feasibility evaluation of a new Symptom & Psychosocial Assessment & Communication Evaluation (SPACE) tool.

    Project status: Ongoing

    dementia older lady looking out window csi project 780x450
    Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care

    Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care (EMBED-Care) is a joint programme between King’s College London and University College London.

    Project status: Ongoing

    couple talking to nurse csi project 780x450
    Methods for Researching End of Life Care - Processes of consent

    Methods for Researching End of Life Care (MORECare) is developing best practice guidance and processes of consent for adults lacking capacity.

    Project status: Completed

    elderly man holding hands with group community support csi project 780x450
    Integrated Community Palliative Partnership

    The Integrated Community Palliative Partnership (ICPP) is a study that aims to develop a model of community palliative partnership working in care homes.

    Project status: Ongoing

    frail hands elderly lady csi project 780x450
    International Access Rights & Empowerment II

    IARE II is an observational study of frail older people who do not have access to specialist palliative care services.

    Project status: Ongoing

    elderly lady mask wheelchair csi project 780x450
    CovPall Care Homes: Rapid Evaluation of the Care Home Response to the Need for Palliative & End of Life Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    This CovPall Care Homes Project looks at integration, communication and workforce resilience in Care Homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Project status: Completed

    exercise class ladies lunge together csi project 780x450
    Adapting Pulmonary Rehabilitation for People Living with COPD & Frailty

    People with COPD and frailty can benefit from, yet face trouble completing pulmonary rehabilitation. BreathePlus will develop and test a new adapted approach.

    Project status: Ongoing

    News

    New research highlights need for greater integration of palliative care in community hospital settings

    Findings from the first national study in England to examine the characteristics and mortality rates of patients in community hospitals.

    Empty hospital beds on a ward. Photo by Daan Stevens on Unsplash

    Essential role of care home staff often overlooked during the pandemic

    During the pandemic, care home staff played an essential role in the delivery of high-quality palliative and end-of-life care.

    Still of animation film

    Deputy Director of King's Clinical Academic Training Office (KCATO) appointed

    Professor Catherine Evans will join as the second Deputy Director of the KCATO.

    270622_KCATO-Directors

    Events

    28JunProfessor Katherine Sleeman & Professor Catherine Evans

    NMPC Inaugural Lecture: Professor Katherine Sleeman & Professor Catherine Evans

    NMPC Inaugural Lecture: Professor Katherine Sleeman & Professor Catherine Evans

    Please note: this event has passed.

      Research

      exercise class ladies lunge together csi project 780x450
      Adapting Pulmonary Rehabilitation for People Living with COPD & Frailty

      People with COPD and frailty can benefit from, yet face trouble completing pulmonary rehabilitation. BreathePlus will develop and test a new adapted approach.

      Project status: Ongoing

      hospital emergency room uk elderly man wheelchair csi project 780x450
      Understanding Why People With Dementia Attend the Emergency Department Towards the End of Life

      A mixed-methods study examining the determinants of emergency department attendance by people with dementia towards the end of life.

      Project status: Completed

      older men care home talking puzzle csi project 780x450
      Optimising Palliative Care for Older People in Community Settings

      OPTCare Elderly aimed to improve the quality of life for older people by developing a new short-term integrated palliative and supportive care service.

      Project status: Completed

      older man consultation csi project 780x450
      Managing Care for Adults During Clinical Uncertainty in Community Hospitals

      Development and feasibility evaluation of a new Symptom & Psychosocial Assessment & Communication Evaluation (SPACE) tool.

      Project status: Ongoing

      dementia older lady looking out window csi project 780x450
      Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care

      Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care (EMBED-Care) is a joint programme between King’s College London and University College London.

      Project status: Ongoing

      couple talking to nurse csi project 780x450
      Methods for Researching End of Life Care - Processes of consent

      Methods for Researching End of Life Care (MORECare) is developing best practice guidance and processes of consent for adults lacking capacity.

      Project status: Completed

      elderly man holding hands with group community support csi project 780x450
      Integrated Community Palliative Partnership

      The Integrated Community Palliative Partnership (ICPP) is a study that aims to develop a model of community palliative partnership working in care homes.

      Project status: Ongoing

      frail hands elderly lady csi project 780x450
      International Access Rights & Empowerment II

      IARE II is an observational study of frail older people who do not have access to specialist palliative care services.

      Project status: Ongoing

      elderly lady mask wheelchair csi project 780x450
      CovPall Care Homes: Rapid Evaluation of the Care Home Response to the Need for Palliative & End of Life Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

      This CovPall Care Homes Project looks at integration, communication and workforce resilience in Care Homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Project status: Completed

      exercise class ladies lunge together csi project 780x450
      Adapting Pulmonary Rehabilitation for People Living with COPD & Frailty

      People with COPD and frailty can benefit from, yet face trouble completing pulmonary rehabilitation. BreathePlus will develop and test a new adapted approach.

      Project status: Ongoing

      News

      New research highlights need for greater integration of palliative care in community hospital settings

      Findings from the first national study in England to examine the characteristics and mortality rates of patients in community hospitals.

      Empty hospital beds on a ward. Photo by Daan Stevens on Unsplash

      Essential role of care home staff often overlooked during the pandemic

      During the pandemic, care home staff played an essential role in the delivery of high-quality palliative and end-of-life care.

      Still of animation film

      Deputy Director of King's Clinical Academic Training Office (KCATO) appointed

      Professor Catherine Evans will join as the second Deputy Director of the KCATO.

      270622_KCATO-Directors

      Events

      28JunProfessor Katherine Sleeman & Professor Catherine Evans

      NMPC Inaugural Lecture: Professor Katherine Sleeman & Professor Catherine Evans

      NMPC Inaugural Lecture: Professor Katherine Sleeman & Professor Catherine Evans

      Please note: this event has passed.