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Ping qualified as a nurse in China in 2000. She has experience of providing high quality, person centred, evidence-based care within neurological medicine and cardiac surgical settings. A year's experience of working in aged care in Sydney, Australia prompted her to reflect on health and social care in a wider international context. Between 2007 and 2012, Ping successfully completed her MSc and PhD in Nursing at the University of Nottingham, UK. Ping's PhD project was a randomised controlled trial evaluating a preoperative education intervention designed to reduce anxiety and improve recovery among Chinese cardiac surgery patients. Before joining Cicely Saunders Institute, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Kingston University and St George’s University of London working on a mixed methods scoping review of cardiac self-management.

Ping’s research expertise lies in intervention and health services research and includes quantitative and qualitative methods. She has experience of leading and managing different projects in clinical trials and undertaking documentary reviews and qualitative interviews. Between 2014 and 2018, Ping project managed a NIHR funded C-CHANGE research programme with six workstreams developing complexity assessment, measuring outcomes and resource utilisation to determine the cost-effectiveness in different models of palliative care in the UK. Currently, Ping is working on building research capacity and partnerships, and improving person-centred quality of palliative care across Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It is under the Research for Health in Conflict (R4HC-MENA) project (, funded by ESRC Economic and Social Research Council (Global Challenges Research Fund).

Research Interests: 

  • Development and evaluation of a casemix classification for palliative care
  • Global health in cancer and palliative care
  • Outcome measures in palliative care (psychometric validation and implementation)
  • Multimorbidity
  • Cardiovascular nursing
  • Development and evaluation of psychosocial intervention

Research Profile


  • Outcome measurement in palliative care
  • Palliative care in humanitarian crises
  • Global perspectives on palliative care
  • Experience and needs of informal caregivers
  • Patient and public involvement
  • Qualitative research method