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Rosemarie Finley’s column

Thursday 31 October 2019

Research and innovation

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Here at St Barnabas House, we are investing in our research programme to ensure we continue to deliver the best possible care and support for local people towards the ends of their lives – whether that’s physical, social, spiritual or psychological.

Hospices are considered centres of excellence in palliative and end-of-life care, but it is important for us to ask questions and understand the changing needs of our community. More people are living longer, and their conditions need more specialist care, so we urgently need more research-based knowledge and expertise to help design and deliver the best possible care and support for everyone.

We know that no one patient or family member is the same and different people need different things. This is why we’re currently building a patient and relatives group to find out your views about what matters most to you when living with life limiting illnesses and what you want from your hospice in the future. This will ensure that everything we do is based on the needs and wishes of the local community, now and in the years ahead.

We are also working closely with local organisations, universities and other hospices to share skills, expertise and knowledge. It is only through working together that we will ensure that we continue to provide the best possible evidence-based care to improve the lives of local people when they need it most.