The Palliative Care Research Portfolio

Studies in Set Up


A Scoping Survey of Bereavement Support Services in Wales

Research Lead: Cynthia Ochieng



PABT: Barriers to and facilitators of physical activity in cancer patients with brain tumours in Wales and Bangladesh

Research Lead: Dr Ishrat Islam



RAMBO: Research Assessment Outcome Measures for Malignant Bowel Obstruction

Chief Investigator: Prof Simon Noble

Open Studies


Supporting people bereaved through advanced illness: a systematic review of the evidence and development of a core outcome set for bereavement research in palliative care

Research Lead: Dr Emily Harrop


PADDW: An online survey on public attitudes to death and dying in Wales

Research Lead: Dr Ishrat Islam


MENAC: A randomised, open-label trial of a Multimodal Intervention (Exercise, Nutrition and Anti-inflammatory Medication) plus standard care versus standard care alone to prevent / attenuate Cachexia in advanced cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

 Chief Investigator - Professor Ken Fearon, Dr Matthew Maddocks;  Co-Investigator - Dr Anthony Byrne. Sites in Wales: TBC


Cariad: Caring for the dying at home: can lay carers safely give extra, as-needed, symptom control to their loved ones using injections under the skin?

Chief Investigator - Professor Clare Wilkinson; Co-Investigator - Dr Anthony Byrne. Sites in Wales: TBC


Optcare Neuro: Evaluation of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Short-term Integrated Palliative Care Services (SIPC) to OPTimise CARE for people with advanced longterm Neurological conditions

Chief Investigator - Prof Irene Higginson; Sites in Wales: Velindre Cancer Centre, Llandough Hospital, PI: Dr Anthony Byrne




National Portfolios

Do you want to know more about what is happening nationally?

Click on the links below for further information on the Welsh (Health and Care Research Wales) and UK wide (NIHR) Clinical Research Portfolios.


Health and Care Research Wales Clinical Research Portfolio

Registering your study on the HCRW Clinical Research Portfolio enables you to access HCRW CRC resources:

HCRW  Support and Delivery

HCRW Training Programme

Registration also gives your study priority access to NHS Support Costs and your study recruitment in NHS sites will contribute to the Health Board's Activity Based Funding allocations.

To find out more about HCRW Portfolio eligibility, click here.


NIHR Clinical Research Portfolio - includes the National Institute for Health Research Portfolio in England, and the corresponding portfolios of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

NCRI Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group Portfolio Map - provides a visual representation of all palliative care studies that are approved for entry onto the NIHR Portfolio.