A research topic within the School of Medicine
We undertake research that addresses some of the current clinical challenges in palliative care, which can be summarised as improving the management of pain for patients in the community, and evaluating clinical decision making and interventions during end of life care.
Through our dedicated work, in partnership with St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds, we have helped them to become the first University Hospice in the world.
The programme was established in 2011 under the leadership of Professor Mike Bennett, following his appointment as the St Gemma’s Professor of Palliative Medicine.
We have embedded research nurses in St Gemma’s Hospice and Wheatfields Hospice to help recruit patients and run clinical trials. We are working with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to support research recruitment in Leeds hospitals.
This is a really important milestone for St Gemma’s. We have a long-standing relationship with the University of Leeds - both in terms of our research work and quality teaching. This national recognition reinforces St Gemma’s position on the international palliative care map and will act as the UK benchmark for integrated clinical and academic palliative care. We’ve recently achieved an Outstanding CQC status commending our clinical care. University Teaching Hospice status now formally acknowledges the work of our Academic Unit of Palliative Care.