Nurse researcher joins uni observatory leadership

Dr Catherine Walshe (right) with Prof Sheila Payne.
Dr Catherine Walshe (right) with Prof Sheila Payne.

With 25 years’ experience in the palliative care arena, the new co-director of the internationally recognised end of life care group based at Lancaster University is all set for the challenge.

Dr Catherine Walshe will join Prof Sheila Payne as Co-Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care in January.

Dr Walshe came to the Observatory in September from the University of Manchester’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work as one of four new senior lecturers appointed within the Division of Health Research.

She will be responsible for enhancing research and education standards, maintaining, developing and promoting the Observatory’s high profile brand both nationally and internationally and ensuring the group attracts investment and grant funding.

Dr Walshe started her career as a nurse in the north west. She has worked as a clinical nurse throughout the UK.

Apart from working in haematology and HIV (working in one of the first HIV units in the country), Dr Walshe’s clinical experience is primarily in community palliative care as a district nurse and community Macmillan nurse, interests which she maintains in her research career.

She obtained a PhD in Nursing at the University of Manchester, focusing on referrals within community palliative care services, and held lectureships and a Research Council-UK funded post-doctoral fellowship there before her move to Lancaster University.

“I am delighted to join the International Observatory on End of Life Care and to be involved in important and international programmes of research and education” said Dr Walshe.

During the next 12 months Professor Payne will focus on her research work and supporting PhD students. She will also continue to develop her role as President of the European Association for Palliative Care.