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Because research matters

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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.


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.  


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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Dr Sam Kyeremateng  

Medical Director and Clinical Lead for Programme Development

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Katie Frew

Dr Katie Frew

Consultant in Palliative Medicine

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Prof. Fliss Murtagh

Professor of Palliative Care

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Prof. Miriam Johnson

Professor of Palliative Medicine

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Paul Taylor

Dr Paul Taylor   

St Luke's Consultant and Head of Research

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How to find us


This event is being held at Sheffield United Football Club (SUFC), Sheffield, S2 4SU. Getting here is easy, whether you're coming by car or public transport. For travel information, please click here.

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

Get in touch


Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01489 668 333