GP takes academic approach to improving supportive and palliative care

Cambridge GP Dr Stephen Barclay has been awarded a Macmillan Cancer Support Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

The award will focus on investigating ways to improve the provision of Supportive and Palliative Care in Primary Care. Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support as part of a National Cancer Research Institute research capacity development initiative, Dr Barclay will work three days a week in the General Practice and Primary Care Research Unit of the Cambridge University Department of Public Health and Primary Care.

Dr Barclay explains:
"This award will allow me to develop a programme of research in Primary Palliative Care, investigating the ways in which General Practitioners and Community Nurses care for patients coming towards the end of their lives, and assisting in the evaluation of the NHS End of Life Care Programme. This is a marvellous opportunity for me to build on my doctoral thesis research, with the aim of improving the care for patients living at home. Macmillan's flexible approach to funding will permit me to remain "earthed" in clinical GP work while undertaking this research."

Dr Jim Elliott, Head of Research, Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
"This is an innovative award for Macmillan. High standards of palliative care can make a huge difference in improving the quality of life for people living with cancer. Dr Barclay's work will greatly influence the future development of palliative care services."

Dr Barclay has been a local General Practitioner at East Barnwell Health Centre in Cambridge since 1990, and an Honorary Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine at the Arthur Rank House Hospice in Cambridge since 1996. He is Specialty Director for Palliative Medicine in the Cambridge University Clinical Medical School and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Palliative Care and Policy, Kings College, London.


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Nicola Ryan, Senior Press Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
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