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Here in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, we want to ensure that our patients and their families receive the best possible care and support from us. To deliver excellence in palliative care, we provide expert pain and symptom control, compassionate care, teaching and research. Carrying out research helps us understand the needs of patients and families and how we can best meet those needs.

The research centre in our hospice is known as the Academic Department of Palliative Medicine and is based in the Education & Research Centre. The department was founded in 2012 by Professor Declan Walsh, formerly of the Cleveland Clinic, USA. Since then a team of doctors and allied health professionals have worked in the area of symptom management. Several researchers have undertaken higher degrees of specialist professional training. In 2021 Professor Andrew Davies took over the running of the department.

In addition to research, the team provides undergraduate education palliative care for medical students. We also organise Grand Rounds on a weekly basis to provide professional postgraduate education. We collaborate with several universities to provide research placements and projects.

We always welcome research ideas and collaborative opportunities with external researchers to help us improve our services and care.

Policy on Approval of Research and Research Funding in Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services 2021

Application for Research Approval Form

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