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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.
I am primarily a qualitative researcher with particular expertise in grounded theory methodology, but I am also experienced with mixed methods research.
Turner, M. and Peacock, M. (2017) ‘Palliative care in UK prisons: practical and emotional challenges for staff and fellow prisoners’ Journal 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' experiences’ Age 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 home’ Health 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' study’ Prison 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 challenges’ BMJ 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 study’ BMJ 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 review’ Palliative 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 staff’ British 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).
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.