Dimbleby Marie Curie Research Fund
The Dimbleby Marie Curie Research Fund was a two-year research partnership between Marie Curie and Dimbleby Cancer Care. It provided £1 million of funding for eight research projects.
About Dimbleby Cancer Care
Dimbleby Cancer Care is a charity which funds support services and research that make life better for people living with cancer, and their families and carers.
How we worked together
With a common interest in improving care, Dimbleby Cancer Care and Marie Curie collaborated in 2010 and 2011 to jointly fund research projects focusing on the following themes:
- the role of volunteers in palliative and end of life care
- informal carers for people at the end of their lives.
Research projects we funded together
The Dimbleby Marie Curie Research Fund funded eight research projects in total, all of which have concluded.
- Professor Scott Murray, University of Edinburgh – A feasibility study of early identification, assessment and support for informal carers in primary care.
- Dr Kate Flemming, University of York – Family carers' perceptions of their educational needs when providing end-of-life care: a systematic review of qualitative research.
- Professor Jane Seymour, University of Nottingham – Cascading knowledge about end of life care at home: the development and piloting of a training programme for those who help carers and a carer resource pack.
- Dr Elizabeth Sampson, Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, University College London – A retrospective national cohort study of the demographic characteristics, health outcomes and health service use of cohabitees living with terminally ill patients with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and dementia.
- Professor Sue Latter, University of Southampton – A phase I-II feasibility trial of Cancer Carer Medicines Management (CCMM): an educational intervention for carer management of pain medication in cancer patients at end of life.
- Dr Bridget Candy, Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, University College London – How volunteers may improve end-of-life care: an evidence synthesis of qualitative and quantitative research and survey of current practice.
- Professor John Ellershaw, Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Institute, University of Liverpool – A living community presence: an innovative approach for volunteers to support the care of patients and their families in the last hours and days of life.
- Mr Nick Ockenden, Institute for Volunteering Research and Professor Sheila Payne, Lancaster University – Volunteer management in palliative care: meeting the specific challenges of involving volunteers in palliative care roles which require direct contact with patients of their families.