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Observatory student awarded prestigious scholarship

Martin LouckaMartin Loucka has recently been awarded a Fulbright Schuman scholarship and he will spend 4 months at the National Palliative Care Research Center in New York from November 2014 to February 2015, working with Professor Sean Morrison at the leading centre for palliative care in the USA. Martin is submitting his PhD in the next few weeks and then he is returning back to the Czech Republic to start a palliative care research group at the 3rd Medical Faculty at Charles University in Prague.

The Observatory's 'Unpacking the Home' project to be discussed at Marie Curie Annual Palliative Care Research Conference.

Marie Curie logoOn the 28th March 2014, Sheila Payne will be speaking at the Marie Curie Annual Palliative Care research Conference at the Royal Society of Medicine, London.

Focusing on palliative care in the community - making a difference in practice, Sheila has already contributed to their blog on the matter, entitled 'How we can better support carers through research', which can be viewed here.

Sheila will be speaking about the 'Unpacking the Home' study which explores the views of bereaved carers who have provided care for older people dying at home.

Comparing Effectiveness of Palliative Care for Elderly People in Long-Term Care Facilities in Europe (PACE)

Professor Sheila Payne (second from right) with her team: Dr Katherine Froggatt (left), Dr Jo Hockley (second from left) and Dr Hazel Morbey, at the launch of the new PACE research project.Professor Sheila Payne (second from right) with her team: Dr Katherine Froggatt (left), Dr Jo Hockley (second from left) and Dr Hazel Morbey, at the launch of the new PACE research project.

Lancaster University is part of a new European research programme developing and testing ways to improve palliative care for older people in nursing homes.

International Observatory on End of Life Care (IOELC) were awarded £583k to run the UK research element of the study which encompasses two main activities - mapping current provision of palliative care in care homes and developing the training for care home staff.

More information about this project can be found at the following page:

UK hospices rely on volunteers to meet growing demand for palliative care

graphic depicting a show of volunteer hands

Observatory staff worked with researchers at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit, University College London Medical School, and the Institute for Volunteering Research on a new study, published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, which provides a comprehensive picture of volunteer activity in specialist adult palliative care in the UK.

Professor Sheila Payne: "Their work contributes hugely to improving patient and family experiences by providing personal, compassionate and non-professionalised support".

For more information about this study, click here.



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