Research at LOROS
LOROS aims to improve care for patients and their families by undertaking research.
These pages may feature medical and research terminology and subjects of a sensitive nature. We hope however, that anyone who is interested in research at LOROS will find them useful and we'd welcome your feedback
There are five research themes that we focus on:
- Decision making around the end of life
- Diversity and disadvantage
- Education and communication skills
- Innovation in palliative care services
We work collaboratively with patients and carers and with research teams from many universities and NHS organisations, locally and nationally.
You can download our Education and Research Strategy and Objectives 2015-2016 executive summary here.
We welcome being part of new projects that will improve the care of patients and families and the skills of staff that support them.
Contact the Research team by email or call (0116) 231 8498
- March 2017 – the research team are excited to announce that Wendy Gamble, Research Manager, has been nominated for a CRN East Midlands Research Award under the Newcomer Impact category. Wendy is one of three finalists in the category and results will be announced at an awards evening taking place in May…watch this space
- February 2017 – Prof. Christina Faull, Research Lead, and Anjana Vaja, Cultural Support Worker, featured on Multilingual Radio’s EAVA FM with presenter Donna Philips, as guests of Health Watch Leicester. The aim was to raise awareness about services available at LOROS, and share information on a new research project called ‘Thinking Ahead About Medical Treatments in Advanced Illness’, looking at doctors and nurses experiences of having discussions about resuscitation with patients from minority ethnic communities with advanced illness, and their families. See photos
- November 2016 – the annual CPEP lecture (Centre for Promotion of Excellence in Palliative Care) took place at LOROS Hospice on Nov. 9th and was delivered by Laura Middleton-Green, a Marie Curie Clinical Academic Research Fellow in End-of-Life Care in the Faculty of Health Studies, from the University of Bradford. Laura’s lecture, ‘The Thing About Life Is…’, was well received, and the evening also saw the presentation of two achievement awards: Harriet Hardy received the CPEP Royal College of Nursing award, which is awarded to a preregistration nurse who has shown commitment to improving the care of patients with advanced illness and support for their families. Alongside this, Cathy Leyland received CPEP/LOROS 2016 award, given for excellence in postgraduate studies
- November 2016 – recruitment is now underway for a new project which is being led by Prof. Christina Faull. The project is called Thinking Ahead about Medical Treatments in Advanced Illness: Exploring the perspectives of minority communities and the professionals that work with them about resuscitation decisions. It aims to explore public and professional views and experiences of end of life care planning, with a focus on making decisions about resuscitation, to identify barriers and enablers and person-centred outcomes to such discussions and provide evidence for training professionals. Find out more and how to get involved.
- October 2016 - Sarah Russell, Head of Research and Clinical Innovation at Hospice UK has recognised research at LOROS in her blog highlighting the national campaign #whywedoresearch. You can read Sarah’s blog here
- 8 abstracts, detailing projects that are underway at LOROS, have been successfully accepted for poster presentation at this year’s Hospice UK conference, which is taking place between 16-18 November, in Liverpool, with the focus on People, Partnerships and Potential. Posters will be available to view from this link after the conference
- LOROS Research newsletters
- I never knew that!: Why do people from Black and Asian Minority ethnic groups in Leicester, access hospice services less than other groups? A discussion with community groups
- The issues for doctors involved with withdrawing non-invasive ventilation at the request of a patient with MND
- The impact of the LOROS research strategy 2011-14
- Volunteers in care homes - a service that makes a difference
Other items of importance
- In November 2016, 8 abstracts, detailing projects underway at LOROS, were accepted for poster presentation at the Hospice UK conference, which took place in Liverpool, with the focus on People, Partnerships and Potential. A selection of posters from the conference can be viewed here: Critical Success Factors: Getting the most from e-learning for end of life care, Incorporating the integrated palliative outcome score in SystmOne, Developing and Implementing a Community Care Pathway for the Management of Chronic Oedema, A unique career pathway for HCAs in a hospice setting, Optimising how different hospice teams use an electronic patient record SystmOne - the holistic template, Practice Educators - The Dual Professionals, Volunteers At Life's End - VALE - in the community, Estimating the prevalence of lower limb chronic oedema
- March 9-11th 2016 saw the 11th Palliative Care Congress take place at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre in Glasgow. A number of LOROS staff had the opportunity to attend, and LOROS was linked to 10 of the poster abstracts that were presented and 1 oral presentation. Here are some of the posters: Can a proactive approach improve palliative care input to medical admissions wards?, Guidance on withdrawal of assisted ventilation at request of MND patient, The impact on the families of MND patients who request withdrawal of assisted ventilation, re-feeding syndrome, How do doctors empathise with patients in palliative care consultations?, Consultants and trainees view reflective practice differently, Continuing bonds: Archaelogy meets end of life care, A resource for palliative care communication training, How to raise end of life with terminally ill patients
- In November 2015 a number of Hospice staff attended the annual Hospice UK conference in Liverpool. The theme of this year’s event was ‘The Art and Science of Hospice Care’. LOROS was fortunate to have three poster abstracts accepted for the conference, showcasing some of the latest service evaluations and developments. The abstracts were as follows: 'My story in music', 'User survey of hospice services using the 5 senses' and 'New ways of working'
- The LOROS/RCN awards presentation event took place on Thursday 12th November 2015. Students Grace Broughton and Helen Keating were presented with awards by Tim Baggs, on behalf of the Royal College of Nursing, for their achievements in the 'promotion of excellence in palliative care'. Alongside this, Sarah Tarlow, Professor of Archaeology, University of Leicester delivered a lecture looking at 'What will survive us?: What archaeology and anthropology can teach us about how people prepare for what happens after their death.' Read more about the awards here
- What will survive of us..? Exhibitions and discussion events related to the May 2015 Dying Matters awareness week took place at The Exchange Bar, De Montfort University and Leicester University.
- In November 2014, Professor Irene Higginson OBE, Director of The Cicely Saunders Institute at Kings College London, delivered a lecture at De Montfort University, on behalf of LOROS, looking at - Hospices And Universities Working Together: Does It Raise The Game? To find out more about the event and to view photos, click here