St Catherine’s Hospice secures research partnership with top Lancashire academics


Saint Catherine Hospice. Photo: Chris Bull

A local charity has teamed up with leading county academics to create an internal research sub-committee.


St Catherine’s Hospice at Lostock Hall seeks to become a research-led hospice, with innovative committee-led work and improved care for patients and their loved ones.

Themes explored include innovation and connectivity to aid in remote treatment and support, the importance and impact of nature in the hospice environment (biophilic design) and how this will enhance the patient experience. patient.

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Dr. Andrew Fletcher, Medical Director of Hospice Sainte-Catherine

Dr Andrew Fletcher, Medical Director of St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We see much of our work as qualitative research, which is appropriate to the nature of palliative care.

“But we are also keen to seize appropriate opportunities for clinical trials focused on new drugs, treatments or devices.

“At St Catherine’s, we are committed to improving the experiences of the patients and families in our care – we are very excited and extremely proud to be working with such respected partners in this important new area of ​​work.

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Dr Fletcher said the hospice achieves this by developing services through education and training and advancing the research agenda.

The Research Sub-Committee is chaired by Professor St John Crean, Trustee of St Catherine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Clinical) at the University of Central Lancashire.

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