Professor Cara Bailey has been appointed as Professor of End of Life Care at St Giles Hospice. The post is a joint appointment with the University of Birmingham. 

In the role, Professor Bailey will work with St Giles two days a week, to support the Hospice to become more research active and build an enhanced local, regional and national research profile.  

Professor Bailey is currently Professor of End of Life Care and Postgraduate Research Lead for the University of Birmingham School of Nursing and Midwifery. Her research expertise is in end of life care, particularly on palliative care crisis, quality of end of life care and outcome measurement in supportive care. Some of her current research projects include reducing palliative care emergency admissions, enabling preferred place of care

Professor Cara Bailey (right), with Dr Debbie Talbot, Executive Medical Director at St Giles Hospice

and decision making and the support of informal carers caring for the dying at home. 

Professor Bailey has published in scientific journals, academic books and disseminated at conferences and seminars nationally and internationally. She holds an honorary Professorship at Johns Hopkins University, US. She is the founder and leader of the regional research hub ‘BRHUmB’ which brings together patients, people, clinicians, academics and researchers to design, produce and deliver high quality palliative and end of life care research in the West Midlands. 

Debbie Talbot, Medical Director at St Giles Hospice, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Cara, who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with her from working at our partner organisations across the region. 

Cara will bring the skills, knowledge and experience needed to help us to offer more patients, loved ones, and staff the opportunity to be involved in Palliative and End of Life Care (PEoLC) research. I look forward to.” 

Professor Bailey said: “The collaboration between St Giles Hospice and the University of Birmingham is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen end of life care research, education for hospice staff and ultimately the quality of palliative care across the whole West Midlands region. Working within the hospice, generating research from the inside is so important to ensure high quality evidence that informs care delivery and positive impacts on people at the end of life and those caring for them” 

Professor Chris Tselepis, Director of the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Clinical Sciences, commented: “We are excited to be working with St Giles Hospice to improve end of life care for people in our region. The University of Birmingham is a global institution, but also a civic university – we are deeply embedded in our local communities, and through our teaching, research and partnerships, we strive to contribute towards the health of our citizens.” 

Professor Bailey will continue her role at the University of Birmingham whilst working with St Giles Hospice. If you would like to find out more about research in Palliative and End of Life Care, or St Giles’ future plans to extend their research activity, please contact