TayPEOLC Research Group


To be a collaborative transdisciplinary research community that undertakes high quality palliative and end-of-life care research and ensures that research knowledge is translated into real world settings to improve the quality of care of persons with PEOLC needs and the quality of life for carers and enable a good death for those at the end of life.

Group Leads:

Judith Sixsmith: Professor of Health Related Research, University of Dundee

Sarah Mills: General Practitioner/Academic Fellow, University of Dundee

Mei Fang: Research Fellow, School of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of Dundee

Tharin Phenwan: Lecturer (Teaching & Research), School of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of Dundee


With respect to palliative and end of life care, our mission is to:

  • Work with health, social care, hospice and community/voluntary care personnel to identify the key knowledge requirements to provide quality care across Tayside and Fife.
  • Work with patients, their carers and families to identify what matters most to them about their care, what their priorities are for improving quality of care, quality of life and good death.  
  • Innovate through working with a range of research models and tools to engage with all stakeholders to improve patients’, carers’ and families’ experiences of palliative and end of life care and the quality of care people receive.
  • Actively seek to positively influence through knowledge translation mechanisms palliative and end of life care and care experiences at a practice and policy level by sharing our research findings broadly across locally, nationally and internationally and engaging stakeholders through the research process to ensure that impact of our research can be maximised.
  • Provide a research focus and support for the development of early researchers, students, interns and service practitioners in order to build capacity for ongoing research in palliative and end of life care.
  • Build PEOLC research capacity, quality and links in Tayside and Fife.

Terms of Reference:

PEOLC Research Group ToR - Reviewed 23rd Sept 2019 - v0.2.pdf


Autumn 2021 Seminar Series:

  • 27th October 2021

Creating ACPs with people living with dementia: The postcode Lottery effect

Tharin Phenwan, MD, Associate Fellow of AMEE/University of Dundee

  •  24th November 2021

'Implementing Advanced Care Planning in Palliative Care'- A Community Nurse Perspective

Katie Wilkin, MSc Student in Nursing & Health, University of Dundee



Ethics in Palliative Care Research (including applying for research ethics approval) (23rd Oct 2019) 

1. Ethics in palliative care research - slides for 23-10-19.pptx

2. Ethics in Quantitative Research Presentation v2.pptx

3. Palliative Care Network Research Ethics Oct 2019.pptx


Useful Links:

 Palliative Care Research Society

 European Association for Palliative Care Research Network

 A beginners guide to sucessful palliative care research (SPPC)

 Master of Public Health (Palliative Care Research), University of Dundee


Tayside Medical Science Centre (TASC)

A key aim of TASC is to make research easier for all health professionals and to promote a stronger culture of research within the NHS. A number of training courses and events are provided such as: GCP training

For further information on training courses and seminars provided by TASC, please contact or visit their website

The Medical Research Institute, Division of Population Health Sciences also offers a weekly statistics clinic and courses in statistics and research methods. Please see the attached flyer for further information. 

Statistics Clinic stand alone modules - flyer.docx