Dr Catherine Evans

Dr Catherine Evans

NIHR/CNO Clinical Lecturer Palliative Care/ Honorary Clinical Nurse Specialist Sussex Community NHS Trust

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Researcher ID

Phone: 0207 848 5579
Fax: 0207 848 5517

Research

Palliative care; end of life care; research methods; research ethics; primary health care; community nursing; older people

Biography

Dr Catherine Evans is an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in palliative care. This is a joint clinical academic post between Sussex Community NHS and the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London. Catherine joined the Cicely Saunders Institute in January 2010 as a senior research fellow managing a research project ‘Methods of Evaluating End of Life Care’ (MORECare) funded by the NIHR/MRC.

Catherine has continued this work undertaking a study on capacity and consent in end of life care (MORECare Capacity) funded by Marie Curie Cancer Care. Catherine commenced her NIHR clinical lectureship post in March 2011. Catherine’s research focuses on developing research methods in palliative care and optimising palliative care for frail older people in community settings leading the research study OptCare Elderly.

Catherine’s research has concerned primary health care and community nursing, notably developing and evaluating services for older people in care homes. She is a qualified district nurse and health visitor, and works clinically as a community clinical nurse specialist in palliative care.           

Key Leadership Roles

Lead for the Marie Curie Cancer Care funded MORECare Capacity project 

Lead for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funded OptCare Elderly project 

Deputy Chair of the Research Quality and Strategy Executive Group, Cicely Saunders Institute

 

Selected Publications

Higginson IJ, Evans CJ, Grande G, et al. Evaluating complex interventions in End of Life Care: the MORECare Statement on good practice generated by a synthesis of transparent expert consultations and systematic reviews. BMC Med. 2013;11(111) doi: DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-111[published Online First: Epub Date]

Evans CJ, Harding R, Higginson IJ, et al. ‘Best practice’ in developing and evaluating palliative and end-of-life care services: A meta-synthesis of research methods for the MORECare project. Palliat. Med. 2013; doi: 10.1177/0269216312467489[published Online First: Epub Date]
Gysels MH, Evans CJ and Higginson IJ. Patient, caregiver, health professional and researcher views and experiences of participating in research at the end of life: a critical interpretive synthesis of the literature. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2012; 12: 123
Higginson IJ, Evans CJ. What is the evidence that palliative care teams improve outcomes for cancer patients and their families? Cancer Journal. 2010 Sep-Oct;16(5):423-35
Goodman C, Evans C, Wilcock J et al (2010) End of life care for community dwelling older people with dementia: an integrated review, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 25; 4: 329-337
Gysels M, Evans CJ, Lewis P, Speck P, Benalia H, Preston NJ, Grande GE, Short V, Owen-Jones E, Todd CJ, and Higginson IJ on behalf of MORECare, MORECare research methods guidance development: Recommendations for ethical issues in palliative and end-of-life care research. Palliat. Med. 2013 doi: 10.1177/0269216313488018 [published Online First]
Evans CJ, Benalia H, Preston NJ, Grande G, Gysels M, Short V, Daveson BA, Bausewein C, Todd C, Higginson IJ on behalf of MORECare. The Selection and Use of Outcome Measures in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Research: The MORECare International Consensus Workshop. J. Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.01.010[published Online First].
Preston NJ, Fayers P, Walters SJ, Pilling, M. Grande, G. E. Short, V. Owen-Jones, E., Evans, C. J.,  Benalia, H., Higginson, I. J.. Todd, C. J. on behalf of, MORECare Recommendations for managing missing data, attrition and response shift in palliative and end-of-life care research: Part of the MORECare research method guidance on statistical issues. Palliat. Med. 2013 doi: 10.1177/0269216313486952[published Online First]
Evans CJ, Stone KA, Manthorpe J and Higginson IJ, NIHR School of Social Care Research Methods Review on MRC Guidance Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions; application to research on palliative and end-of-life care, in – print London: NIHR School of Social Care Research, London School of Economics and Political Sciences

 

Higginson IJ, Evans CJ, Grande G, et al. Evaluating complex interventions in End of Life Care: the MORECare Statement on good practice generated by a synthesis of transparent expert consultations and systematic reviews. BMC Med. 2013;11(111) doi: DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-111[published Online First: Epub Date]

 

Evans CJ, Harding R, Higginson IJ, et al. ‘Best practice’ in developing and evaluating palliative and end-of-life care services: A meta-synthesis of research methods for the MORECare project. Palliat. Med. 2013; doi: 10.1177/0269216312467489[published Online First: Epub Date]

 

Gysels MH, Evans CJ and Higginson IJ. Patient, caregiver, health professional and researcher views and experiences of participating in research at the end of life: a critical interpretive synthesis of the literature. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2012; 12: 123

 

Higginson IJ, Evans CJ. What is the evidence that palliative care teams improve outcomes for cancer patients and their families? Cancer Journal. 2010 Sep-Oct;16(5):423-35

 

Goodman C, Evans C, Wilcock J et al (2010) End of life care for community dwelling older people with dementia: an integrated review, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 25; 4: 329-337

 

Gysels M, Evans CJ, Lewis P, Speck P, Benalia H, Preston NJ, Grande GE, Short V, Owen-Jones E, Todd CJ, and Higginson IJ on behalf of MORECare, MORECare research methods guidance development: Recommendations for ethical issues in palliative and end-of-life care research. Palliat. Med. 2013 doi: 10.1177/0269216313488018 [published Online First]

 

Evans CJ, Benalia H, Preston NJ, Grande G, Gysels M, Short V, Daveson BA, Bausewein C, Todd C, Higginson IJ on behalf of MORECare. The Selection and Use of Outcome Measures in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Research: The MORECare International Consensus Workshop. J. Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.01.010[published Online First].

 

Preston NJ, Fayers P, Walters SJ, Pilling, M. Grande, G. E. Short, V. Owen-Jones, E., Evans, C. J., Benalia, H., Higginson, I. J.. Todd, C. J. on behalf of, MORECare Recommendations for managing missing data, attrition and response shift in palliative and end-of-life care research: Part of the MORECare research method guidance on statistical issues. Palliat. Med. 2013 doi: 10.1177/0269216313486952[published Online First]

 

Evans CJ, Stone KA, Manthorpe J and Higginson IJ, NIHR School of Social Care Research Methods Review on MRC Guidance Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions; application to research on palliative and end-of-life care, in – print London: NIHR School of Social Care Research, London School of Economics and Political Sciences

Teaching

PhD supervision since 2012

MSc supervision since 2010

MSc Palliative Care at King’s College London – teaching on modules for ‘Research Methods and Statistics’, ‘Service Development and Management’,  ‘ Service Organisation and Policy’

Current PHD Students

Selected Grants

Marie Curie Cancer Research UK (CRUK). Mental capacity and processes of informed consent for research on end of life care (EoLC). Evans, C.J., Hotopf, M., Koffman, J., Lewis, P.  and Higginson, I.J. £97,602. (2012-13)

 

NIHR - National Institute For Health Research. The potential contribution of the MRC complex interventions guidance to develop and evaluate services for adults with advanced illness and their cares with needs for palliative and end-of-life care (EoLC). Evans, C.J. Manthorpe, J and Higginson, I.J. £5,000. (2012)
National Institute For Health Research. Developing palliative care services for older people in community settings: preferences, cost-effectiveness and palliative outcomes by place of death. Evans, C., Gao, W., Gomes, B., Higginson, I. £40,000. (2011-15)
NIHR - National Institute For Health Research, Sussex Community NHS Trust. Optimising palliative care for older people in the community: development and evaluation of a new short term collaborative service - CAT Clinical Lectureship. Evans, C., Harrington A. and Higginson, I.J. £115,784 (NIHR), £96,333 (Sussex Community NHS Trust). (2011-15)
DoH - Department of Health.  Research Fellowship. Evans, C.J. Griffiths, P. £203,207. (2003-06)

Marie Curie Cancer Research UK (CRUK). Mental capacity and processes of informed consent for research on end of life care (EoLC). Evans, C.J., Hotopf, M., Koffman, J., Lewis, P.  and Higginson, I.J. £97,602. (2012-13)

 

NIHR - National Institute For Health Research. The potential contribution of the MRC complex interventions guidance to develop and evaluate services for adults with advanced illness and their cares with needs for palliative and end-of-life care (EoLC). Evans, C.J. Manthorpe, J and Higginson, I.J. £5,000. (2012)

 

National Institute For Health Research. Developing palliative care services for older people in community settings: preferences, cost-effectiveness and palliative outcomes by place of death. Evans, C., Gao, W., Gomes, B., Higginson, I. £40,000. (2011-15)

 

NIHR - National Institute For Health Research, Sussex Community NHS Trust. Optimising palliative care for older people in the community: development and evaluation of a new short term collaborative service - CAT Clinical Lectureship. Evans, C., Harrington A. and Higginson, I.J. £115,784 (NIHR), £96,333 (Sussex Community NHS Trust). (2011-15)

 

DoH - Department of Health.  Research Fellowship. Evans, C.J. Griffiths, P. £203,207. (2003-06)

Critical Impact

Contributing to and taking forward the MORECare Statement detailing best practice solutions for research evaluating services and treatments to improve study quality and set much needed common standards for evaluative research in end of life care.  

International Links

 

Contribution to design and establish the European Palliative Care Academy leadership course (2013-2015). This is a joint project with Robert Bosch Stiftung, Germany and the four academic centres from across Europe-University Hospital of Cologne, Germany, Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Hospice Casa Sperantei, Brasov, Romania and  Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London  http://www.eupca.eu
Committee member of the International Collaborations in Community Nursing Research supporting community nursing research, dissemination and impact national and international through its international network of nurse researchers, international conferences and fund raising.  http://www.icchnr.org

 

Contribution to design and establish the European Palliative Care Academy leadership course (2013-2015). This is a joint project with Robert Bosch Stiftung, Germany and the four academic centres from across Europe-University Hospital of Cologne, Germany, Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Hospice Casa Sperantei, Brasov, Romania and  Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London.  For more information please visit http://www.eupca.eu.

 

Committee member of the International Collaborations in Community Nursing Research supporting community nursing research, dissemination and impact national and international through its international network of nurse researchers, international conferences and fund raising. For more information please visit http://www.icchnr.org.

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