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How does research inform hospice care?

Providing high quality and compassionate care is at the heart of what we do at St Barnabas Hospices (St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House). Participating in health care research helps us develop, improve, and provide the best quality of care to our patients and their families. Research also helps the people who work and volunteer for us to learn and grow their knowledge and skills.

Since 2020,  we have regularly participated in national research studies, and we are proud to be known as a research-active hospice. (List of research active hospices (

What does research-active mean?

It means that we recognise the importance of using a research-based approach to deliver high quality care. Our clinical teams keep up to date with the latest scientific research, and we regularly get together to discuss the findings. When needed, this leads to changes in the way we provide our care.

Our Research Team

We have set up a new research team who keep up to date with the relevant research. They work with university research teams and other healthcare providers to develop research projects and find opportunities for our patients, families and staff to participate in research studies.

Our team includes:

Jo Bayly (Research Lead)

Phoebe Cooper (Research assistant)

Monica Oancea (Specialist Nurse Research Fellow).

Why is research important?

The UK is a world leader in palliative care services, with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) carrying out over 1,000 cancer research studies in the last year. To improve the quality of life of people with terminal illnesses, hospices and community healthcare settings need to contribute to research.

To do this, the NIHR has initiated a group, partnering with organisations such as Hospice UK, focused on Hospice and Community Research. This group aims to make the UK a global leader in palliative care research within five years, and we are proud to be a part of that.

What research means for patients

Being research-active means that patients and families receive the highest quality of care from St Barnabas Hospices,  as our practice is driven by the latest research.

Read our research

You can find out more about our research on the St Barnabas House website

St Barnabas House Research

Next steps

Research plays a vital role in providing the highest quality care for patients in hospices and healthcare settings around the world. By being research-active, every day we are working to improve the experience of our patients and their families. We will work with other hospices and universities to apply for funding, so that we will be a leading contributor to the generation and development of new research.

Can you help with research?

We are looking for people to join our Public and Community Involvement group and help drive and direct our research programme. We want to work with people who use or are interested in our services to help us understand what is important to you, our community. This will improve the relevance, quality and impact of our research, and ensure that it is focused on the needs and priorities of patients, carers and their families.

Who can get involved?

Maybe you can make an ongoing regular commitment to join a core group driving a specific research project. Or you might want to be part of a wider directory of people who can be called on as needed to offer insight or opinion on specific issues. Maybe you are a patient, or a family member of a patient. Or you might be a member of the wider community who cares about excellent hospice care. Whoever you are and whatever your skill set, we are keen to hear from you!

Get in touch

If you would like more information about our research activities, or if you are interested in supporting our research, please contact the research team.

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