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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 share@eolp.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.

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