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£120 per person

18 October 2024
9:30am - 4:30pm

 The Edge, Sheffield
S10 3ED

Proudly supported by National Institute for Health and Care Research

Because Research Matters

Establishing research conference


We can’t change the outcome of the diagnosis for our patients, but there is more we can do to improve their care and wellbeing on their journey. 

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Establishing research in your hospice 

An estimated 63-82% of people will need palliative care but only 25% of hospices are currently research active. Research matters and can lead to even better care! Will your hospice take the next step?  

Why attend?


Research improves the care of our patients, supports best practice, builds a culture of excellence, and provides opportunities for participation to those we support. But taking those first steps and developing research in a hospice can be daunting.

At the St Luke’s "Establishing Research in your hospice" Conference 2024, we will bring together the expertise of established research leaders and our experiences of becoming a research active organisation to support interested hospices and partner organisations in embedding research in their work.

Join us to hear from our Keynote Speakers about developing a Research Strategy, understanding Governance, embedding culture and benefits to your organisation. Afternoon round-tables will link you with experienced professionals to learn from their expertise and explore pathways to develop your research delivery knowledge and develop academic skills. Registration also includes a follow up ECHO programme.


What to expect

  • Learn more about Research Strategy, Governance, Culture and Benefits  

  • Breakout sessions for tailored, roundtable discussions

  • Networking opportunities with like-minded individuals from other hospices and partner organisations

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Event agenda




Break/Networking/Poster tour

First steps – Designing a Research Strategy

Research Governance & The Hospice

Engaging in Research

Research and the Hospice Culture


The Benefits of Research

Round tables


Evaluation and ECHO topics


Keynote speakers


Dr Felicity Dewhurst

Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Senior Clinical Lecturer

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Prof. Miriam Johnson

Professor of Palliative Medicine

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Clare Pye  

Research & Innovation Manager

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Katie Frew

Dr Katie Frew

Consultant in Palliative Medicine

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Dr Sam Kyeremateng  

Medical Director and Clinical Lead for Programme Development

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Paul Taylor

Dr Paul Taylor   

St Luke's Consultant and Head of Research

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Dr Amy Gadoud 

Honorary Community Consultant in Palliative Medicine

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Prof. Fliss Murtagh

Professor of Palliative Care

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Speaker Topics


Dr Felicity Dewhurst is an NIHR Advanced Fellow and leads research at St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle. Dr Dewhurst will be presenting on how a hospice can establish and improve research culture, which is critical to effective research delivery; this will draw on recent studies undertaken by her team.

Dr Katie Frew 
is a consultant in Palliative Medicine in Northumbria and co-lead of the NIHR- funded RiPEN network in the Northeast which works to generate and improve palliative care research across the North of England. Her presentation will address the benefits of research to a palliative care organisation. 

Prof Miriam Johnson is Professor of Palliative Medicine at Hull York Medical School and Associate Director of the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre at the University of Hull. She will be sharing her expertise on how hospices can best engage with research, including how to work with external research teams and how to ensure and improve recruitment to studies. 

Dr Sam Kyeremateng is the St Luke’s Medical Director. He will outline how he identified the need to develop research at St Luke’s, made a case for research ambitions, and then worked with the board and trustees to create a research-dedicated post.

Prof Fliss Murtagh is an NIHR Senior Investigator, Professor of Palliative Care at Hull York Medical School, and Visiting Professor of Palliative Care at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, UK. She has worked in leadership roles in specialist clinical and academic settings. Prof Murtagh will be outlining how a hospice can take those first steps into research through designing a strategy.

Dr Paul Taylor and Clare Pye, Head of Research at St Luke’s and St Luke’s Research and Innovation Manager respectively, will be drawing on experience in establishing research at St Luke’s. They will share how the organisation identified the important areas of research governance, developed internal processes, and worked with insurers and stakeholders to ensure that all research at St Luke’s is ethical, legal and safe. 

Project ECHO


Your delegate rate (£120 per person) includes research training specifically designed to assist you in setting-up research in your hospice. These sessions will be tailored following information obtained at the conference but are expected to be aimed at supporting the governance of research and will be delivered via Project ECHO.

As our aim is to share our experience of setting up research in an independent hospice, these sessions can include other members of the team and not specifically the delegate attending the conference.  


Abstract poster invitation


Delegates are invited to submit an abstract to display a poster at this Inaugural Research Conference on Friday 18 October 2024 in Sheffield. Click the button below to view the application process and poster template.

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How to find us


This event is being held at The Edge, The Endcliffe Village, Sheffield, S10 3ED. Getting here is easy, whether you're coming by car or public transport.

More information on hotel accommodation near to the Conference will follow shortly.

Get in touch


Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01489 668 333 

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