St Christopher’s is pleased to announce that Joint Chief Executive Heather Richardson has been appointed Honorary Professor in the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University.
St Christopher’s has always recognised the vital relationship between research, education and care to ensure a high quality service for patients and their families in receipt of end of life care. The Hospice has a history of being research active and is committed to ongoing investment in research and learning from it. St Christopher’s new five year strategy confirms the priority that is placed on undertaking research, and using evidence to underpin its care and education. Like many hospices, St Christopher’s faces many challenges, alongside significant opportunities in the future, to extend its reach and address the changing needs of growing numbers of people who could benefit from its care and support. The Hospice believes that this can only be done successfully if it contributes to, and draws from a body of evidence that confirms what is most effective and for whom.
This partnership with Lancaster University offers that opportunity. It is renowned for its high quality cutting edge research and innovative educational programmes in palliative and end of life care. For example, the pioneering blended learning PhD Programme in Palliative Care at Lancaster University provides high quality research education to the multidisciplinary team. The team at the International Observatory on End of Life Care is currently conducting studies exploring issues such as integrated care, advance care planning, the use of volunteers, and nursing home care, all of which touch on the way St Christopher’s provides care.
St Christopher’s has a longstanding relationship with Lancaster University. Previous Chief Executive Barbara Monroe held the post of Honorary Professor from 2009 until her retirement in 2014 and Heather Richardson’s appointment continues this excellent association.
Heather comments on this appointment: “I am delighted to take on this role. Since its foundation in 1967, St Christopher’s has been a pioneer in the development of hospice and end of life care. Working together with Lancaster University will help St Christopher’s achieve its ambition of being research active and driving innovation in new models of hospice care; it will also support my personal ambition of transforming research evidence into related practice and education. What a great opportunity and indeed a privilege.”
Catherine Walshe Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care adds “We’re delighted at Heather’s appointment and to continue our close association with St Christopher’s. This association helps us to ensure that our research and education continues to draw from and influence practice at the cutting edge of palliative and end of life care. We’re looking forward to working with Heather and St Christopher’s”.