Date: 12 October 2018
The National Institute for Health Research is shining a light on research in hospice and community settings in support of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Saturday 13 October 2018.
Each year this day helps to celebrate hospice and palliative care around the world, with this year’s theme being ‘Because I matter’. To mark this, the NIHR is raising awareness that research can and should take place in hospice and community settings. Clinical research is the way that clinicians in palliative care, including both health and social care professionals, gather evidence about new treatments, in order to improve patient care and quality of life.
Following the NIHR Clinical Research Network Cancer Charities Summit in April 2017, stakeholders agreed to be part of a consortium for Hospice and Community Research, with the aim of ensuring that the UK becomes a global leader in the area of hospice and community research within five years.
Baroness Julia Neuberger, Chair of the Consortium for Hospice and Community Research, said: “There is a clear need for more evidence to underpin and develop palliative and community-based clinical practice. It is very encouraging to see that the number of research active hospices across the UK is growing year on year with the support of the NIHR and Charities Consortium for Hospice and Community Research.
“The Consortium aims to make the UK a global leader in hospice and community research by 2022, to ensure that patients and carers are receiving the best possible care and treatments.
“I encourage health and social care professionals, patients and carers to help us in this endeavour.”
To join in the campaign and be part of the conversation, you can follow the hashtags #WHPCDay18 and #BecauseIMatter on Twitter.
You can read more about the work of the Consortium for Hospice and Community Research on our World Hospice and Palliative Care campaign page, where you’ll also find a number of resources, including:
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