ROUNDBREAKING research, which could help inform future services for patients facing the end of their lives, is currently taking place in east Cheshire.
The research project, run by the End of Life Partnership, aims to find out what it is that people really need and want as they experience the death of a loved one.
The research is being supported by East Cheshire Hospice which urges anyone who has been bereaved within the last 18 months to get in touch with the project.
Lynne Partington, who is leading the research, said: “We fully realise that these experiences are difficult to talk about due to the sensitivity of people’s emotions, but all too often these are the voices that are missed out when future services are being considered.
“However, these experiences, good or bad, can inform future service development which means everyone will benefit in the long run.”
Views are being sought either online via a short survey, by post or by face-to-face or group interviews with experienced professionals.
Lynne, from Haslington, knows at first hand the distressing mix of emotions experienced by the bereaved, having worked at a hospice in Chester for six years.
She said: “I know that hospices can be big change agents and can greatly influence end of life services.
“They are dynamic, vibrant places where there is so much experience that can be used to inform and adapt future services.”
East Cheshire Hospice is keen to support the ongoing research, as clinical director Helen Knight explained: “The hospice is a community- led and funded organisation and we urge anyone who has been bereaved to get in touch with this project and talk about their experiences so that we can improve what we offer to those facing the end of their lives.
“We know the hospice delivers exceptional levels of care, however, not everyone wants to be here. We are determined to ensure that the quality of care we provide to those with life limiting illnesses and their families is experienced by everyone in the areas we serve of Cheshire East and High Peak.”
The research has been co-commissioned by East Cheshire Hospice and St Luke’s Hospice in Winsford. Questionnaires are available online from www.Surveymonkey. com/s/ EOLP_ share or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. uk
A group session is being organised from 6.30pm on Thursday, April 23 at Danesford Community Centre in Congleton.
Alternatively paper copies can be obtained from the hospice, local GPs, the hospital and health centres or by calling 01270 758123.