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Dr Emily Harrop

Dr Emily Harrop

Research Associate

School of Medicine

Email
harrope@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2068 7184
Campuses
1st floor, Neuadd Meirionnydd, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am a qualitative researcher working in palliative care, with a background in the social sciences. My research interests are; bereavement care and experiences; the support needs of family carers; patient and family experiences of living with advanced illnesses; patient experiences of clinical trials and service innovation and evaluation in palliative and end of life care.

Biography

Education and qualifications

  • PhD School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (2010)

  • MSc Ethnicity and Multiculturalism, University of Bristol, Distinction (2004)

  • BA hons History, University of Bristol, 2.1 (2002)

Career overview

  • 2011 - present: Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, Cardiff University
  • 2010-2011: Researcher, Arad Research.
  • 2006-2010: PhD student, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Thesis: Contested knowledge in the assessment of public health risks: a case study of the Nant-y-Gwyddion landfill site south Wales. Supervised by Prof. Gareth Williams and Dr Eva Elliott.

  • 2005-2006: Research Assistant, Cardiff Institute of Society Health and Ethics (CISHE).

Speaking engagements

Palliative and End of Life Care Webinar (invited talk), Covid-EOLC NHS, 4th February 2021.

'Responses to Loss and Grief from the Covid-19 Pandemic: Personal, Professional and Political' (Key note), York St Johns University (online), 28th November 2020

Bereavement during Covid-19, Monthly Webinar (invited talk), National Bereavement Alliance, November 2020

Marie Curie Annual Palliative Care Conference, online (invited talk), November 2020

Bereavement following Mass Bereavement Events (invited panel member), Good Grief Festival, University of Bristol (online) October 2020.

Committees and reviewing

Grant reviewer, NIHR, Marie Curie, Dunhill Medical Grants

Journal reviewer, BMC Palliative Care, BMC Trials, Palliative Medicine, Scandinvian Journal of Healthcare Sciences

Publications

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Teaching

I provide teaching and supervisory support to the MSc in Palliative Medicine, including Qualitative Research Methods, small group sessions and supervision of MSc dissertations.

I co-ordinate and teach on a Year Two SSC Module, 'Palliative Care Research and Practice'

Supervision of medical students intercalating in population medicine.

My current research interests are; bereavement care and experiences; the support needs of family carers; patient and family experiences of living with advanced illnesses; patient experiences of clinical trials and service innovation and evaluation in palliative and end of life care.

Research grants:

Supporting people bereaved during COVID-19: a mixed methods study of bereaved people’s experiences and the bereavement services supporting them. UKRI/ESRC. 2020-2022, Co Principal Investigator www.covidbereavement.com

A Scoping Survey of Bereavement Services in Wales. End of Life Board. 2019, Co Principal Investigator  

Supporting people bereaved through advanced illness: A systematic review of the evidence and development of a core outcome set for bereavement research in palliative care. Marie Curie Research Grant. 2016-2018, Principal Investigator

 Previous research projects:

The Challenge Pathway Study: An evaluation of an innovative service model for the end of life care of people with dementia (2015/2016)

Breaking down barriers: An evaluation of a hospice led project aimed at improving access to palliative care for Black and Minority Ethnic groups. A multi method longitudinal evaluation involving stakeholder interviews with health professionals, BME community groups and project staff; documentary analysis and analysis of ethnicity and demographic data. Marie Curie Cancer Care Centre Grant/ Big Lottery (2012 to 2015)

QUALFRAG: A Qualitative study exploring patients’ experience of the FRAGMATIC lung cancer trial. A longitudinal interview study which investigated the experiences and support needs of advanced lung cancer patients participating in a large clinical trial. Velindre Stepping Stones Charitable Trust (2011/2012)

BOLERO qualitative sub study. An interview study with bladder cancer patients who decline randomisation to the BOLERO trial.  CRUK (2011/2012).

Managing home based care: the experiences and support needs of carers of patients with advanced illness. A focus group study with community nurse specialists, health care assistants and current and former carers.

Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Bereavement/Bereavement Care
  • Caregiver and patient experiences at the end of life
  • Patient experiences of clinical trials

Past projects

Fiona Healy. The beliefs of health care professionals on the role of non-invasive ventilation in managing chronic respiratory failure in children with life limiting conditions. MSc Palliative Medicine. 2020/2021

Cara Hincliffe. The impacts of palliative care involvement at the end of life on caregiver grief and bereavement: a thematic synthesis of the experiences and perspectives of bereaved caregivers. MSc Palliative Medicine. 2019

Lisa Love-Gould. Perceptions of the Role of Speech and Language Therapy in Palliative Care. MSc Palliative Medicine 2013

Mary Thiopin. Parents Views on Advanced Care Planning for Children with Severe Cerebral Palsy in South India. MSc Palliative Medicine 2013