Researchers at UCD


Philip Larkin

Associate Professor

School Of Nursing,Midwifery & Health Sys
Health Sciences Centre
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166438


Phil Larkin trained as a Registered Nurse and Paediatric Nurse in the UK and worked in a variety of clinical posts, latterly in paediatric oncology and bone marrow transplantation. He subsequently trained as a Health Visitor and District Nurse in London and worked in community paediatrics, before moving to palliative care in 1990.He has worked in Palliative Care in Ireland since 1992, in both in-patient and community settings. He was Director of Education at Our Lady¿s Hospice, Harolds Cross, Dublin, from 1998-2001 before taking up a pilot post as Regional Co-Ordinator for Palliative Nursing Services in the West of Ireland. He was appointed Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing ( Palliative Care) at University College Dublin and Our Lady¿s Hospice, Harold¿s Cross Dublin in November 2008. He is director of the Masters in Palliative Care programme and leads the palliative care research programme within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. He is a member of the National Council for Palliative Care in Ireland with specific responsibility for education.  Phil holds a PhD from The Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, a Masters in Health Professional Education from the University of Huddersfield and a Bachelor of Science in Community Nursing from Kings College London. He was Vice-President of The European Association for Palliative Care, Milan, Italy until April.2007. In 2006, Phil was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Macmillan Cancer Support and the International Journal of Palliative Nursing in recognition of his European and International work on education in palliative care nursing. He lectures on end-of-life care nationally and internationally and has published extensively on issues relative to palliative care, palliative care nursing and education. His current research interests include the place of compassion in the delivery of 21st century palliative care, the nursing assessment and management of opioid-induced constipation and the role of palliative care in congestive heart failure.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2007.
Title: Lifetime Acheivement Award


Year 1992 Institution: University of London
Qualification: BSc Subject: BSc (Hons)





Book Chapters

Philip J Larkin; (2010) 'Compassion - the essence of end-of-life care' In: Irene Renzenbrink (eds). Caregiver stress and staff support in illness, dying and bereavement. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Larkin P and Hegarty M; (2010) 'Workforce development: an international perspective on who will provide care' In: Gott M, Ingleton C (eds). Living with ageing and dying: end of life care for older people. London: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Larkin, P; (2009) 'Nurses and Nurse Practitioners. Chapter A8-004' In: Declan Walsh et al (eds). Palliative Medicine. Philadelphia: Elsevier. [Details]
Larkin P; (2009) 'Care of management of pruritus and itch' In: Ferrell B, Coyle N (eds). Textbook of Palliative Nursing. New York: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Larkin P; (2008) 'Caring for people from marginalised populations' In: Lloyd-Williams M (eds). Psychosocial Palliative Care. Buckingham: Open University Press. [Details]
Larkin P; (2008) 'Education and Scholarship in Palliative Care: A European perspective' In: Payne S, Semour J, Ingelton C (eds). Palliative Care Nursing Principles and Evidence for Practice 2nd Ed. Buckingham: Open University Press. [Details]
Filbet M, Larkin P; (2007) 'Palliative Education in Europe' In: Wee B, Hughes N (eds). Education in palliative care, building a culture of learning. London: Clarendon Press. [Details]
Larkin P, Baiguini G; (2007) 'Nursing’ cenni teorico-concettuali' In: A, Corlil O, De Conno F, Maltoni, I, Zucco F (eds). Libro Italiano di Cure Palliative ¿ II edizione. Milano Italia: Poletto. [Details]
Larkin P; (2005) 'The development of Palliative Nurse Education in Ireland' In: O'Siorain L, Ling J (eds). Palliative Care in Ireland. Buckingham: Open University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Connolly M.P., Larkin P.; (2011) 'Assisted dying: promoting a palliative care approach. A response to Gay Lee'. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 17 (3):149-150. [Details]
Casey, D,Murphy, K,Leime, AN,Larkin, P,Payne, S,Froggatt, KA,O'Shea, E; (2011) 'Dying well: factors that influence the provision of good end-of-life care for older people in acute and long-stay care settings in Ireland'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20 :1824-1833. [DOI] [Details]
Larkin P; (2010) 'Listening to the still small voice - the role of the palliative care nurses in addressing psychosocial issues at end of life'. Journal of Palliative Care, . [Details]
Payne S, Froggatt K, O'Shea E, Murphy K, Larkin P, Casey D, ni Leime A; (2009) 'Improving palliative and end of life care for older people in Ireland: a new model and framework for institutional care'. Journal of Palliative Care, 25 (3):218-226. [Details]
Downing J , Larkin P; (2009) 'Building Consensus'. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 15 (11). [Details]
Philip J Larkin; (2009) 'Listening to that still small voice'. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 15 (10). [Details]
Larkin P; (2008) 'Innovation: a core requisite for palliative nursing'. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14 (3). [Details]
Larkin PJ, Sykes N, Centeno C, Ellershaw JE, Elsner F, Eugene B, Gootjes JR, Nabal M, Noguera A Ripamonti C, Zucco F, Zuurmond WW.; (2008) 'The management of constipation in palliative care: clinical practice recommendations. European Consensus Group on Constipation in Palliative Care'. Palliative Medicine, 22 (7):796-807. [Details]
Payne S, Froggat K, O¿Shea E, Murphy K, Larkin P; (2009) 'Improving Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Older People in Ireland: A new model and framework for institutional care'. Journal of Palliative Care, 25 (3):218-226. [Details]
Larkin P; (2009) 'Clinical practice recommendations for the management of constipation in palliative care: What does it mean for opioid-induced constipation?'. European Journal of Palliative Care, 1 (3). [Details]
Larkin, P, Direckx de Casterlé, B., and Schotsmans, P; (2008) 'A relational ethical dialogue with research committees'. Nursing Ethics, 15 (2):234-242. [Details]
Larkin, PJ, de Casterle, BD, Schotsmans, P, ; (2007) 'Multilingual translation issues in qualitative research: Reflections on a metaphorical process'. QUAL HEALTH RES, 17 :468-476. [Details]
Larkin, PJ, de Casterle, BD, Schotsmans, P, ; (2007) 'Towards a conceptual evaluation of transience in relation to palliative care'. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 59 :86-96. [Details]
Larkin, PJ, De Casterle, BD, Schotsmans, P, ; (2007) 'Transition towards end of life in palliative care: An exploration of its meaning for advanced cancer patients in Europe'. J PALLIAT CARE, 23 :69-79. [Details]
Maltoni, M, Caraceni A, Brunelli C, Broeckaert B, Christakis N, Eychmuller S, Glare P, Nabal M, Vigano A, Larkin P, De Conno F, Hanks G, Kaasa S. ; (2005) 'Prognostic factors in advanced cancer patients: Evidence-based clinical recommendations – A study by the Steering Committee of the European Association for Palliative Care'. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 23 (25):6240-6248. [Details]
Larkin P; (2005) 'Developing a nurse education network across Europe'. European Journal of Palliative Care, 11 (8):420-422. [Details]
Larkin P; (2005) 'Tribute to Dame Cicely Saunders, a life well lived'. European Journal of Palliative Care, 12 (5):221-222. [Details]
Larkin P., Porchet F., Gorschs N, De Vlieger M; (2004) 'Palliative Nursing Education in Europe, a view for the future (Editorial)'. Palliative Medicine, 18 (5):401-404. [Details]
Larkin P; (1998) 'An hermeneutical analysis of the lived experience of Irish palliative care nurses .0'. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 4 (3):120-126. [Details]

Conference Publications

Larkin P Radbruch L; (2010) Multidisciplinary working in palliative care ESMO ECCO 16th World Congress Milano Italy [Details]
Larkin P; (2010) Understanding education in palliative care Palliative Care Congress, Pamplona Spain [Details]
Philip J Larkin; (2009) Advanced Disease: managing the complex journey of cancer reoccurence 15th ESMO-ECCO Conference, The Hague Netherlands [Details]
Philip J Larkin; (2009) Education in Pain Management: Are we truly meeting the need? 11th EAPC Congress Vienna Austria [Details]
Philip J Larkin; (2009) Transition vers les soins palliatifs: une exploration de ce que cela signifie pour des malades atteints de cancer avance en Europe . In: Aquilance eds. Aquilance Geneva [Details]
Philip J Larkin; (2009) Strategic developments in end of life care All-Ireland Hospice and Palliative Care conference, Belfast UK [Details]
Philip J Larkin; (2009) Enseignement Interdisciplinaire: reflexion critique . In: SFAP eds. SFAP Congress La Defense Paris [Details]
Philip J Larkin; (2009) Undegraduate Medical Education - incorporating palliative care 11th EAPC Congress [Details]
Philip J Larkin; (2009) Clinical practice recommendations for constipation in Palliative Care ( Satellite Symposium) . In: Help the Hospices UK eds. Help the Hospices Conference, Harrogate UK [Details]
Philip J Larkin; (2008) Palliative Nursing: has it lost its way All-Ireland NCI Cancer Care Conference Dublin Ireland [Details]

Published Reports

Cooley C, Keegan O and Larkin P; (2010) Review of end of life education for nursing homes in Ireland. Irish Hospice Foundation, Dublin. [Details]
Conway J, Nolan S, McQuillan R, O¿Dwyer K, Larkin P, Hayden S, O¿Reilly M, Keegan O, Murray E, Queally M, Scully M, O¿Donohue S.; (2007) Report of the work of the Childrens Palliative Care Steering Group. Department of Health & Children. Dept of Health & Children, Dubllin Ireland. [Details]
Larkin P, Sykes N, Ellershaw J, Zucco F, Gootjes J, Nogueras A, Centeno C, Ripamonti C, Elsner F, Eugene B; (2007) Chronic Constipation in Palliative Care ¿ European Guidelines Development. European Consensus Group, Barcelona, London. [Details]
Wolfe D, Ling J, Larkin P, O¿Reilly M, O¿Meara A, Murray E, Keegan O, Scully M; (2005) A Palliative Care Needs Assessment for Children. Department of Health and Children, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]


Research Interests

Understanding Compassion in end-of-life care
The needs of marginalized populations at end of life
The assessment and management of opioid-induced constipation
Curriculum development
Multi-lingual qualitative research