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Healthcare professionals

Our research

We’re committed to constantly reviewing and improving our services, which is why we’ve undertaken research in different areas of Palliative Medicine. We encourage our staff to present and share our knowledge with other healthcare professionals at a variety of conferences.

Recent research and findings

Around half a million people die in England each year and many of these patients express a wish for their end of life care to be provided at home.

In September 2018, two hospices – St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley and St Barnabas House in Worthing – agreed a contract with West Sussex Continuing Healthcare (CHC) to deliver a pilot project. The 12 month pilot project delivered end of life care at home to patients who met CHC Fast Track criteria, within the respective hospice’s catchment areas.

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Bed rest causes accelerated muscle loss in elderly patients. Since 2017 an NHS initiative #endpjparalysis aims to reduce deconditioning using methods such as encouraging patients to dress, social dining, ward tea parties and activities. Although our hospice inpatients have tailored physiotherapy, we believed the principles of this initiative could be appropriate for inpatients admitted for symptom control or respite.

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The aim of this report was to create a pathway ensuring patients developing a malignant pleural effusion had a palliative care assessment and creation of an effusion management plan appropriate to their symptoms, prognosis and informed preferences.

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Aim of this research was to improve the decision-making process, ensuring patients fully understand all available options – reducing inappropriate commencement of dialysis and patient regret.

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Putting research into real life: Debbie's story

Debbie’s story and film were also presented at the National Association of Palliative Care Educators Conference in December 2017. It won the Frances Sheldon Poster Award in recognition of the best initiative to support the theme of the conference, 'Inclusivity in Palliative Care Education: Discerning or Discriminating'

Find out about our education programme

Sharing knowledge and learning together. Did you know that St Barnabas House also offers lots of educational courses for healthcare workers?

Education and training courses