Julie qualified as a nurse in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) in 1985 and worked in general medicine before specialising in intensive care. After completing a BEd for health-care professionals, she worked as a lecturer practitioner in cardiac care at Kings College University (London, UK). This experience stimulated an interest in end of life care for patients with chronic illnesses. She joined the Trent Palliative Care Centre (UK) in 1994 where she has been involved in a variety of projects, including a study of the palliative care needs of patients with end-stage respiratory disease. Julie's current research interests involve the development of specialist palliative-care nursing, with a focus on the provision of emotional care to patients and their families. She is currently a member of the scientific committee of the Palliative Care Research Society.
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