Building on the work that the Palliative and end of life Priority Setting Partnership (PeolcPSP) has completed to formulate 10 national research priorities for end-of-life care, the research team is looking to further develop these priorities to find out which are of key interest within Greater Manchester.
This will ensure that we have a top three to four priority areas for end-of-life research that we and other organisations can work on in the near future. The main output of this work will be a report on priority areas for end-of-life research in Greater Manchester that the whole locality can share.
This project will also develop research networks to showcase the work we’ve delivered, developing collaborations for our work moving forward in addition to defining focus for our end-of-life programme during years three to five.
Palliative and end-of-life care is an under-researched area and requires greater attention. There are many unanswered questions to be addressed and, with limited resources, it is vital that we work on end-of-life priority setting to bring direct and tangible benefits to local patients and their carers, families and friends.
The researchers will gather the views of local carers, patients and healthcare professionals to ensure that an inclusive approach is adopted. Carer and patient views will be gathered through close working with local carer groups, and healthcare professional input will be sought through a workshop. This will be supplemented by the development of a clinical advisory group made up of key healthcare professionals from partner organisations.