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Area of academic expertise - outline

Having worked as a District Nurse, my research career began with my PhD study at the MRC's Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow comparing men's experiences of having breast cancer with women's. This qualitative study resulted in the development of an information module for men with breast cancer on the Healthtalkonline website (see www.healthtalkonline.org), a charitable organisation hosted by Oxford University, that shares evidenced based information using people's experiences through video, audio and written formats.

I have always strived to ensure that my research activities will improve the care people receive from any healthcare provider (NHS, social or third sector), and this has resulted in the development of my expertise in improvement science, specifically focusing on palliative and end of life service provision.   

Current research activities

Quality improvement projects within Ardgowan Hospice, Greenock to improve patient experience and referral pathways through hospice services.

Use of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) and exploring their use within primary care teams.

Palliative care needs of people living with end stage non-malignant lung disease.

We are currently working on a systematic review of palliative care requirements for people living with end stage non-malignant lung disease.

A team of District Nurse Lecturers are currently undertaking a systematic review of the literature exploring pressure ulcer care prevention guidance at the end of life.


Desired research direction

I am working towards developing my expertise in palliative care research using a variety of research methods.

I would like to develop creative partnerships with local communities to help inform ideas, and the development and completion of research that will directly benefit them and inform practice on a national and international scale. Furthermore, I anticipate the research I undertake will develop beyond the traditional boundaries of healthcare research, and will include collaborations with other researchers (including those in industry), and use a variety of media platforms to communicate with communities and disseminate research findings.

Target collaborative organisations

I would like to develop current and new collaborations with specialist palliative care organisations inlcuding hospices, primary and secondary care teams, and palliative care researchers in other institutions.

I would also like to develop strong collaborations with other researchers in a variety of disciplines who use a variety of methods to generate innovative and creative research that improves the experiences of people utilising health and social care services.



  • RT Nursing
  • quality improvement

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Research Output 2016 2018

Reproductive Health
Delivery of Health Care

Improving the waiting times within a hospice breathlessness service

Sime, C., Milligan, S. & Rooney, K. 20 Nov 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : BMJ Open Quality . 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quality Improvement
Referral and Consultation
Palliative Care

A quality improvement project to reduce the waiting time between referral and service start times in a Scottish hospice.

Sime, C., Paul, B., Milligan, S., Anne, M. & Rooney, K. Apr 2016 In : Palliative Medicine. 30, 4, p. S4-S5

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Quality Improvement
Referral and Consultation
Palliative Care

GP experiences and educational needs when providing integrated palliative care

McKane, J., McConnell, S. & Sime, C. 29 Sep 2016

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Palliative Care
General Practitioners
Quality Improvement
Focus Groups
Referral and Consultation

Improving Waiting Times for a Scottish Hospice Breathlessness Intervention Service

Sime, C., Milligan, S., Rose, M., Parks, R., Paul, B., Anne, M. & Rooney, K. Apr 2016

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Referral and Consultation
Palliative Care


Recipient of the Annette J. Bartley Memorial Scholarship

Caroline Sime (Recipient), Oct 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Delivery of Health Care

Activities 2018 2018

UWS COPD Minisymposium

Lockhart, J. (Host), Litherland, G. (Speaker), Crilly, A. (Participant), Marija Stankovic (Speaker), MacKenzie, A. (Participant), Bakhshi, A. (Participant), William R. Ferrell (Participant), Charles McSharry (Participant), Sime, C. (Participant), McLellan, I. (Participant), Rooney, K. (Participant), McCallum, K. (Speaker), Black, K. (Speaker), Thomas, M. (Speaker), Bailo, M. (Speaker), Tarhini, F. (Speaker)
26 Jan 2018

Activity: Other

Can ICH help to address the epidemic of loneliness?

Collins, S. (Speaker), Sime, C. (Speaker)
14 May 2018

Activity: Invited talk