Priorities in Palliative and End-of-Life Care: Public Consultation

The ‘Palliative and End of Life Care Priority Setting Partnership’ has initiated a public consultation on research priorities. Service users, families, carers and health professionals are invited to participate in a brief survey identifying the issues they feel need most attention from research and funders.

The survey can be accessed here:

Two Senior Research Associate Positions – University College London

Two senior research associate positions are being advertised by University College London. The first position is for a clinical researcher to be based in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit. Applicants should have a background in mental health, occupational therapy, psychology, speech and language therapy, elderly or palliative care. Requirements include a higher degree in a health, psychology or social care related discipline and clinical experience. Experience in qualitative or mixed methods research is desirable.

The application deadline for this position is quite soon: 13/9/2013

For more information click here

The second position is for a non-clinical researcher to be based in the Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care. The successful applicant will contribute to research involving children with life-limiting conditions and life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Applicants should have a background in a health related or social science discipline and experience in ethnographic research techniques, including participant-observation and open-ended, semi- structured interviews.

Closing Date: 27/9/2013

For more information click here

ALIVE: In the face of death

Fashion photographer Rankin departs from his usual subject matter in his new project ‘ALIVE: In the face of death‘.

Highlighting taboos surrounding death and dying, Rankin is photographing people with life limiting illnesses. The portraits make his subjects uniquely visible at a time when many experience profound loss of identity.

An exhibition of the portraits can be viewed at The Walker Gallery, Liverpool.

Research Associate: Advance Care Planning Intervention

The University of Lancaster is seeking to recruit a Research Associate to work on a multi-centre  advance care planning randomised control trial in six European countries. The post will be based in The International Observatory on End of Life Care within the Division of Health Research.

 For more information click here

‘Case stories’ on transnational dying

‘Case Stories’ is an interdisciplinary project on transnational dying. The project aims to better understand the pain of social exclusion, inequality and injustice at the end of life through stories.

Yasmin picThe Case Stories website contains a wealth of information on dying as a migrant, ranging from personal accounts of using palliative care services to artwork and poetry inspired by people’s stories.

The project is the brainchild of Sociologist Yasmin Gunaratnam and supported by a British Academy Fellowship. 

Special Issue of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry: Cultural Competence in Action

We would like to draw your attention to a special issue of the journal Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry that focuses on the issue of cultural competence in healthcare.

The issue examines how concepts of cultural competence are operationalised in teaching interventions. Of particular interest to our international readership is the inclusion of a case study from Canada and an essay from a German clinical educator, illustrating how cultural competency approaches, which originated in the US, can be adapted to different countries and settings.

Study Manager/Research Fellow: Dementia and Imagination Project (Bangor University, Wales)

Bangor University is participating in a three-year project on how visual arts can contribute to the health and well-being of people with dementia. The multi-disciplinary research will explore how visual arts change, sustain and catalyse community cultures, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours to create dementia friendly communities.

The project is currently looking for a Study Manager/Research Fellow with experience of multi-centre research studies, project management and team leadership, and quantitative, qualitative and observational research methods.

The closing date for applications is June 13th 2013. For more information click here.