Lecturer in Palliative Care


Julie Young is a Lecturer in Palliative Care within the Nursing division of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

I qualified as an adult nurse from QMU in 2001. My nursing career began within critical care and cardiac surgery, followed by community and then psychogeriatric care, this was when my passion for Palliative care further developed and I took on a role at St Columba’s Hospice Care, Edinburgh. I have worked in specialist palliative care since 2008 where I have taken on various roles, including Charge Nurse and Research Nurse.  

Throughout my career I have had a focus on furthering my education as well as educating others so I was delighted when I took on the role of Lecturer in Palliative Care in 2019, an opportunity to combine my 2 loves, education and palliative care. I work in a joint appointment between St Columba’s Hospice Care and QMU and am responsible for leading and delivering the QMU palliative care programmes as well as the development of research within palliative care. 


Affiliations (including memberships) to other organisations:   

Nursing and Midwifery Council registrations;  

  • Adult nurse 
  • Adult Nurse Specialist 
  • Teacher 

Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority 

Research Overview:

I have an active role in research development at St Columba’s Hospice Care, a research active Hospice. Currently, I am leading a narrative research project exploring the experiences of In-patient Unit nurses delivering palliative care during Covid-19.  


Active research interests:

  • Palliative Care 
  • Health promotion in Palliative Care 
  • Person-centred approach to palliative care 
  • Nurses experiences working in palliative care 
  • Working within palliative care during Covid-19


Research Methods:

  • Qualitative Research Methodology 

My lectures and seminars focus on building a therapeutic relationship with the patient and family in palliative care, Advancing Palliative Care, A person-centred approach to complex pain and symptoms in palliative care, amongst many other topics.  

In addition, I contribute to the palliative care content and teaching on the undergraduate nursing programme and the PgDip Advancing Care Home Practice programme.  

Programme Leader:

  • MSc Person Centred Practice (Palliative Care) 
  • Graduate Certificate Palliative Care  
  • MSc (Palliative Care)  
  • PgDip Person centred practice (Palliative Care- Advancing Clinical Practice)