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Dreaming Dreams and Building Bridges: North West Research Catalyst event around Palliative and End of Life Care

13 February 2018

The North West Coast Operational Group for Palliative and End of Life Care - which includes representatives from North West Coast and Greater Manchester Strategic Clinical Networks - are hosting an event in April around establishing a new Palliative and End of life Care Research Collaborative.

There is vast clinical and academic expertise across the North West but there is a lack of opportunities to bring people together  to exchange ideas and generate new research. Often people do not know who else has a similar or complementary interest. This even includes people who work in the same university or clinical setting.

The event will bring together clinical and academic colleagues and provide an opportunity, to network, support novice researchers and explore the development of research ideas. It is hoped that the event will engage disciplines outside the usual medical, nursing and social care arenas to include the arts.

Before the event we are encouraging people to talk to their colleagues, volunteers and people they work with to identify what issues are important for them and to bring that along to the event. This will ensure the wider stakeholder voice is brought to the event and help to shape the agenda.

The event will adopt the Catalyst approach which sets up space  for initiating new conversations using Open Space facilitation. This iterative and dynamic approach allows ideas to emerge and new alliances to be formed.  

Professor Sally Spencer from the Postgraduate Medical Institute at Edge Hill University, who has extensive experience of catalyst events said,

“Catalyst events provide an opportunity for people from a range disciplines to come together to share knowledge, identify important problems and develop potentially novel solutions. At Edge Hill University this approach has fostered unique clinical and academic collaborations on projects that have attracted funding support.

“Bringing together clinical and academic colleagues with an interest in palliative and end of life care is an exciting opportunity to think outside of the box '

The event is supported by Hospice UK and Dr Sarah Russell will give an update on research developments within the hospice setting and what the next steps might be for generating research across a broad range of care settings in the future.  In addition the Palliative Care Research Society (PCRS) is supportive of the event as a way of engaging new researchers and networking researchers and clinicians.

Dr Susan Salt from Trinity Hospice Blackpool described  the event as “a really fantastic opportunity to develop research across the North West  Coast”.

Professor Barbara Jack from Edge  Hill University, who has been working with Dr Salt to develop the event said:

‘Having the opportunity and time to explore research ideas with clinical and other academic staff will allow us to see what ideas are emerging but also to make new networks and opportunities for collaborative projects”.

Dr Sarah Russell, Head of Research at Hospice UK added: “local and regional research collaborations are key to research active hospices. This event will be a wonderful opportunity for the North west and Greater Manchester area”

The event will take place on 18 April at Edge Hill University, from 11am to 4pm.

For more information please contact Karen Newman  or book direct

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