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
- September 2017- We move into the wonderful Professional Development Centre this month we also have a new research administrator Emma Bowler
- September 2017- 11 abstracts, detailing projects that are underway at LOROS, have been accepted for poster presentation at this year’s Hospice UK conference, which is taking place between 22nd-24th November, in Liverpool, with the focus on Leading, Learning and Innovating. Posters will be available to view from this link after the conference
- July 2017- Medical student Lucy Taylor was awarded a 1st class degree for her project: Thinking Ahead about Medical Treatments in Advanced Illness: Exploring the perspectives of minority communities and the professionals that work with them about resuscitation decisions
- May 2017 – the research team are delighted that Wendy Gamble, Research Manager, was awarded the CRN East Midlands Research Award for Newcomer Impact category
- April 2017- A project lead by a team from the University of Nottingham analysing videos of conversations between patients and physio and occupational therapists opened
- 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 to share information about a 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.
- 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, the LOROS/Royal College of Nursing Awards were presented to Harriet Hardy for commitment as a pre registration nurse to improving the care of patients with advanced illness and to Cathy Leyland for excellence in postgraduate studies
- In November 2016, 8 posters were presented at the Hospice UK conference. 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. 10 of the posters were presented and one 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
- 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'. Read more about the awards here