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Kate Flemming
Professor and Head of Department



Prof Kate Flemming is a highly experienced academic, internationally known for her leading research and service innovation in palliative care nursing. Kate is leading on the integration of research and teaching in our new nursing curriculum in the Department of Health Sciences, bringing together our world leading researchers with the best teachers in nurse education. Kate leads by example through her pioneering clinical leadership and research in Palliative Care within the Hospice and community settings. 

Kate’s research programme focuses on complex interventions including patient and carer experience of palliative care across different service models, disease types and morbidities, including motor neurone disease. This work is closely integrated with her methodological expertise in qualitative evidence synthesis. Kate is internationally known for her quality approach to research and acts as co-convener of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group. Kate has recently worked with the WHO on the use of qualitative evidence synthesis to inform guideline development for complex interventions.

Kate also leads the integration of research into teaching.


  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BSc (Hons)
  • RN

Departmental roles

  • Deputy-chair Departmental Research Committee (Research Integration and Career Support)
  • Joint Departmental REF lead



Kate's research interests are in the role of the synthesis of qualitative research for policy and practice; the management of pain in advanced cancer; educational and support needs of patients, health care professionals and carers at the end of life; and smoking in pregnancy.


Research group(s)


Kate would be interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas: palliative and end of life care, qualitative research in smoking in pregnancy, methods for the synthesis of qualitative research and mixed methods research.


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Kate Flemming

Contact details

Professor Kate Flemming
Professor and Head of Department
Department of Health Sciences
Room 232
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 321345