Portrait of Dr Mary Turner Dr Mary Turner

m.turner@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473478


I joined the University of Huddersfield in July 2017 as a Reader in Health Services Research. Prior to becoming an academic I had a long career in nursing, mostly in cancer and palliative care. I completed my PhD in 2001, which was a grounded theory study of how nurses manage their personal involvement in relationships with cancer patients. Prior to coming to Huddersfield I was a Research Fellow in the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University, where I worked on a wide range of research projects focused on palliative and end of life care; my research has incorporated the perspectives of patients, caregivers and staff in different care settings. My most recent work is in the area of ageing and dying in prison. I have also worked with the NIHR Research Design Service, providing support and advice to both clinicians and academics developing high quality funding proposals.

Research and Scholarship

I am primarily a qualitative researcher with particular expertise in grounded theory methodology, but I am also experienced with mixed methods research.

Research Grants:

  • Hughes S, Walshe C, Turner M. ‘Cottage Hospice: Using participatory action research to advance hospice care’. Hospice in the Weald, Kent; 2016-18.
  • Turner M, Payne S, Fletcher A, Froggatt K, Scott G, Gibson R. ‘Both sides of the fence: using action research to improve end of life care for prisoners’. Marie Curie; 2013-16.
  • Payne S, Preston N, Turner M. ‘Proposal for a scoping study on the future of research by/in/related to hospice care to inform the work of the Commission into the Future for Hospice Care’. Help the Hospices; 2013.
  • Payne S, Brearley S, Milligan C, Seamark D, Thomas C, Wang X, Turner M. ‘Unpacking the home: family carers’ reflections on dying at home’. Marie Curie; 2011-13.
  • Payne S, Turner M, Milligan C and Froggatt K. ‘Supporting older carers of those nearing the end of life’. Age UK; 2011-13.
  • Froggatt K, Preston N, Turner M, Kerr C. ‘Public involvement in research and the Cancer Experiences Collaborative: the work of Research Partners’. Cancer Experiences Collaborative; 2012.
  • Turner M, Fineberg I, Clark D, Francis B, Nuttall K, Storey L. ‘Community-based evaluation of ‘Preferred Place of Care’ in the North West of England’. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme (RfPB); 2008-11.
  • Turner M, Payne S. ‘Exploring staff attitudes to undertaking Advanced Communication Skills training’. Lancashire & South Cumbria Cancer Services Network; 2009.
  • Turner M, Payne S. ‘An evaluation of current end of life care provision in prisons in Cumbria and Lancashire’. Lancashire & South Cumbria Cancer Services Network; 2009.
  • Payne S, Turner M, Froggatt K. ‘An evaluation of end of life care initiatives in care homes on the Fylde Coast’. North Lancashire Primary Care Trust, 2008-9.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Turner, M. and Peacock, M. (2017) ‘Palliative care in UK prisons: practical and emotional challenges for staff and fellow prisonersJournal of Correctional Health Care , 23 (1), pp. 56-65. ISSN 1940-5200


Turner, M., King, C., Milligan, C., Thomas, C., Brearley, S., Seamark, D., Wang, X., Blake, S. and Payne, S. (2016) ‘Caring for a dying spouse at the end of life: ‘It's one of the things you volunteer for when you get married’: a qualitative study of the oldest carers' experiencesAge and Ageing , 45 (3), pp. 421-426. ISSN 1468-2834

Milligan, C., Turner, M., Blake, S., Brearley, S., Seamark, D., Thomas, C., Wang, X. and Payne, S. (2016) ‘Unpacking the impact of older adults' home death on family care-givers' experiences of homeHealth and Place , 38, pp. 103-111. ISSN 1873-2054

Turner, M. and Peacock, M. (2016) ‘Improving palliative care for prisoners: the 'both sides of the fence' studyPrison Service Journal (224), pp. 42-47. ISSN 2046-4215

Turner, M. and Peacock, M. (2016) ‘Care for people in prison’. In: Palliative Care Nursing at a Glance. : Wiley. pp. 84-86. ISBN 9781118759219


Froggatt, K., Preston, N., Turner, M. and Kerr, C. (2015) ‘Patient and public involvement in research and the Cancer Experiences Collaborative: benefits and challengesBMJ Supportive & Palliative Care , 5 (5), pp. 518-521. ISSN 2045-4368

Payne, S., Turner, M., Seamark, D., Thomas, C., Brearley, S., Wang, X., Blake, S. and Milligan, C. (2015) ‘Managing end of life medications at home-accounts of bereaved family carers: a qualitative interview studyBMJ Supportive & Palliative Care , 5 (2), pp. 181-188. ISSN 2045-4368

Morris, S., King, C., Turner, M. and Payne, S. (2015) ‘Family carers providing support to a person dying in the home setting: a narrative literature reviewPalliative Medicine , 29 (6), pp. 487-495. ISSN 1477-030X


Burton, C., Payne, S., Turner, M., Bucknall, T., Rycroft-Malone, J., Tyrrell, P., Horne, M., Ntambwe, L., Tyson, S., Mitchell, H., Williams, S. and Elghenzai, S. (2014) ‘The study protocol of: 'Initiating end of life care in stroke: Clinical decision-making around prognosis'BMC Palliative Care , 13 (55). ISSN 1472-684X

Seamark, D., Blake, S., Brearley, S., Milligan, C., Thomas, C., Turner, M., Wang, X. and Payne, S. (2014) ‘Dying at home: a qualitative study of family carers' views of support provided by GPs community staffBritish Journal of General Practice , 64 (629), p. e796-e803. ISSN 0960-1643


Co-chair of an international Task Force on palliative care for prisoners for the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC).

Research Degree Supervision

My research is in the broad area of ageing and dying, with a particular focus on palliative and end of life care, using mainly qualitative methods. I have supervised a number of PhDs, including a mixed methods study of out of hours services for the ‘oldest old’, a study of hospice trustees perspectives on service user involvement in governance, and a grounded theory study of advance care planning in Nigeria. I have also undertaken both internal and external PhD examinations.