Primary Palliative Care Research Group

Who are we?

A multi-disciplinary team drawn from hospital, hospice, primary care and social science settings; based at the University of Edinburgh with strong international links.


Dr Kirsty Boyd

Kirsty Boyd
Dr Kirsty Boyd is now coordinating the group. She is Macmillan Reader in Palliative Care and was formerly a senior Consultant in Palliative Medicine in NHS Lothian. Kirsty developed the SPICT tool in 2010 and leads the SPICT International Programme with an expanding network of SPICT Partners in the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada, USA,  Asia, Africa and South America.  ( 

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Professor Liz Grant

Liz Grant
Professor Liz Grant, Assistant Principal and Director of the Global Health Academy leads the group’s global palliative care advocacy and research in Africa, Asia and Latin America in collaboration with several of our Honorary Senior Lecturers.

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Dr Bruce Mason

Bruce Mason
Dr Bruce Mason is a senior researcher with extensive experience of diverse research methods. Bruce leads on our pioneering AnticiPal screening tool to identify people for palliative care in the community and has recently completed a Marie Curie funded national study of unscheduled care (Pall247). He is currently working on a new Marie Curie funded project (4ACP) on implementation of Anticipatory Care Planning in Primary Care across Scotland using AnticiPal screening alongside an intervention package for GP practices.

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Anne Canny

Anne is a Research Fellow and completed her PhD in the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee, examining social care data processes and management in relation to health and social care integration. Anne has completed our Macmillan Cancer Support funded feasibility trial to evaluate anticipatory care planning in primary care with people who have poor prognosis GI and pancreatic cancers (GI-ACP). She is now working with Bruce Mason on the Marie Curie 4ACP implementation study and leading work on public perceptions of anticipatory care planning and public-facing information.

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Dr Jo Hockley

Jo Hockley
Dr Jo Hockley is Macmillan Senior Research Fellow. She leads a visionary project to establish an innovative teaching/research-based care home centre in Edinburgh and works extensively with colleagues in nursing and social policy.

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Dr Anne Finucane

Anne Finucane
Dr Anne Finucane is Marie Curie Research Lead with expertise in development and evaluation of complex interventions to improve quality of life for people with advanced illness; and in service evaluation to improve access to palliative care, particularly using the Key Information Summary (KIS). She has taken up a new role as senior research fellow in psychology working on a range of projects including the impact of delirium on patients and families and responses to Covid-19.

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Dr Sebastien Moine

Sebastien Moine
Dr Sebastien Moine is a senior GP academic originally from Paris 13 University. He is leading work on early interventions and research around core educational competencies in palliative care in Europe, and death registry research on multimorbidity (in partnership with the French National Institute of Demographic Studies). He is a member of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Board and leads the EAPC Primary Palliative Care Group. Sebastien works as a GP in East Lothian.

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Dr Emma Carduff

Emma Carduff
Dr Emma Carduff is a Research Lead at the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow and is responsible for facilitating, managing and leading research activity at the hospice in collaboration with academics in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Emeritus Professor Scott Murray

Scott Murray
Emeritus Professor Scott Murray continues to be part of the team in an advisory capacity for ongoing research projects and with Jo Hockley to extend our work in care homes. He maintains his longstanding interests in global palliative care through collaboration with our PhD alumni, Dr Liz Namukwaya (Uganda) and Dr Kellen Kimani (Kenya).

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