Mrs Paula Gawthorpe

Lecturer In Adult Nursing

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Nursing


Paula qualified as a registered general nurse in 1993, and joined the University in 2012. Having worked mainly within an oncology setting since qualifying, she has extensive experience in the field of cancer and palliative care, and maintains her clinical credibility by working as a bank nurse in palliative care provision. Paula's particular interests include ethics and decision making in palliative care, lung cancer and end of life care.


Pre-registration modules - Skills for Practice - Essence of professional practice - Managing Long term Health conditions - Managing Complexity - Safe & Competent Adult Nursing (module mead) - Adult Nursing Practice Post-registration modules / BSc Health Professional Studies: - Work Based Learning (level 5 & 6) - Evidencing Personal & Professional Development - Enhancing Therapeutic Communication

Research interests

Currently completing a PhD in Palliative Care at Lancaster University. PhD focus is around relatives / carer experience of hope in palliative lung cancer care.