50 Years of Research

About the course

Since the early morphine studies it has been clear that, in order to replicate effective care across the sector, hospices must be underpinned by robust and relevant research. However, palliative and end of life care research has its unique challenges.
How are hospices responding to these challenges and ensuring that our services and interventions are evidence based?

What will I learn?

  • Drivers for research within palliative care
  • How hospices have collaborated with academic and other organisations to produce robust research
  • How to disseminate research to affect practice
  • The role of service evaluation within research
  • The importance of asking the right question
  • The role of governance in research

Who is it for?

Any hospice or hospital palliative care staff, especially senior clinicians, wanting to deliver evidence based services.
Hospice managers

Academics interested in how hospices might respond to current and future challenges caused by increased and changing demands on health and social care services.

Conference speakers


  • Dr Heather Richardson Joint Chief Executive, St Christopher’s; Honorary Professor in the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University


  • Dr Sarah Russell Head of Research and Clinical Innovation, Hospice UK
  • Dr Robert Twycross Emeritus Clinical, Reader in Palliative Medicine, Oxford University
  • Sabine Best Head of Research, Marie Curie
  • Dr Liz Reed Research Lead, Princess Alice Hospice
  • Melanie Waghorn Senior Research Nurse in Palliative Care, Royal Surrey County Hospital
  • Dr Lorna Fraser Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of York
  • Dr Caroline Nicholson Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, King’s College London
  • Prof Rob George Medical Director, St Christopher’s Hospice.
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