Research at LOROS

LOROS aims to improve care for patients and their families by undertaking research.

Christina Faull talking with a patient

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:

Photograph of the library at LOROS 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

What’s happening?

  • 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 Photograph of a member of the LOROS team giving a talk
  • 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

Recent findings

  • 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

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