Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre

The Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre brings together researchers, health and social care professionals from a range of disciplines, patients, families and members of the public to find and help deliver the best palliative care services and treatments.

About us

We conduct palliative care research, and provide education and information relevant to the needs of people living with and dying from serious illness, their families and communities. We aim to improve quality of life and reduce inequalities in care, especially those driven by socio-economic status and diagnosis.

We are committed to involving patients, carers, families and local communities as active partners in shaping our research. We want to make sure that people with many different perspectives and experiences have the chance to influence what we do and how we do it. This helps us to focus on what really matters to people.

We aim to acknowledge all who have contributed to our work; University of Hull is signed up to the Science Council’s Technical Commitment initiative – and we implement this approach.

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is the active total care of people with progressive, life-limiting illness to help them to live well through control of symptoms, support for psychological, social and spiritual concerns and care for their families and friends.

Palliative care can be applied as an extra layer of care alongside treatment of medical conditions which aims to cure or prolong life. It should be available according to need, and not restricted by diagnosis or prognosis.

Wolfson announced as new NIHR Policy Research Unit

We are delighted that the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre, in partnership with King’s College London, has been awarded funding by the National Institute for Health and Care Research for a Policy Research Unit in Palliative and End of Life Care.

Professor Fliss Murtagh from the Centre here at University of Hull, with Professor Katherine Sleeman from King’s College London, will together co-lead the Palliative and End of Life Care Policy Research Unit, which is funded for three years.

This brings excellent opportunities to deliver robust policy-related evidence to inform policy and improve care for those with advanced illness and their families.

Annual report

Download our Annual Report: 2021 to 2022 (PDF)


Discover more about our Centre and our research

The work of the Centre is making a real difference to patient’s lives – and their families too.

Discover more about our inspirational people and our impactful research through our pages below.

If you are inspired by our research and you would like to collaborate, visit or study with us, please do get in touch: WolfsonPallCare@hyms.ac.uk  

Bringing Breathlessness into View exhibition

In collaboration with artists and local people living with breathlessness, we have created the Bringing Breathlessness into View exhibition, which aims to raise awareness of what it is like to live with breathlessness, and enable people to access support to manage breathlessness well.

We hope visitors will find the exhibition thought provoking and develop a greater understanding of the difficulties it causes.

Visit our blog to explore the exhibition and find resources to help manage breathlessness. You can also subscribe to our blog to receive notifications of new posts by email.

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International Investment Initiative (I3) Fund

We are delighted to be one of only 8 UKRI fund grant recipients in England in partnership with the IMPACCT research group at the University of Technology Sydney (Australia) for our bid, "Building Critical Mass for Palliative Care Research through Collaborative Support, Exchange and Challenge".

This UKRI fund aims to support the scaling up of existing strategically significant, internationally collaborative research relationships between English universities and research organisations outside the UK. 

The award funds a programme of joint "Creating Connections" conferences, workshops and masterclasses, and an academic exchange programme (professions, senior lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, PhD students) to foster collaborative links and joint working.

Thank you to our funders

Our research is currently or has been previously funded by the following organisations. We are very grateful for their support so we can make a real difference to palliative care.

Astra Zeneca logo
Bayer logo
British Heart Foundation logo
European Commission logo
Hull City of Culture logo
Marie Curie
NHS Hull CCG logo
NIHR logo
University of Hull logo
Wellcome Trust logo
Funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research