Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences


Dr Sarah Yardley

Academic position: Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

Department: Marie Curie Palliative Care Research

Email: sarah.yardley@ucl.ac.uk



Sarah is a clinical academic undertaking ethnographic qualitative research across disciplinary and methodological boundaries. Currently Sarah is conducting two studies working with people often excluded from research due to perceptions of ‘vulnerability’. Ever curious about how sociocultural influences, informal learning and 'real world' practices shape healthcare, Sarah's research interests include how patients, families, carers, and healthcare professionals do the work of healthcare, making use of learning and meaning derived from experiences; specialist-generalist interfaces and care transitions, and; impact of human-dependent interventions such as collegiate and therapeutic relationships on current and future care.

Research Projects:

Sarah also has interests in palliative care for people with serious mental illness; reconceptualising patient safety, so called 'human factors' and why these need more attention in healthcare and broadening public engagement/creative engagement in palliative care (research and clinical services). Sarah is hoping to find collaborators from different disciplines to collaborate with in future work that 'escapes' the biomedical model in these areas.