Kent and Medway Palliative Care Research Meeting: Research for Better Care

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An afternoon looking at the research into end of life care taking place in Kent and Medway.

This will include:

  • Results on the research for patient benefit study on rapid response hospice at home.
  • The latest NIHR palliative care portfolio studies recruiting in the region.
  • Modafinil in lung cancer related fatigue
  • Emotionality in Motor Neurone Disease
  • Triggers for palliative care in chronic lung disease
  • Dissertations from the MSc in palliative and supportive care.

Download the flyer and the full programme for the day.


1:40 – 1:45 Welcome – Dr. Andrew Thorns, Consultant Palliative Medicine, Pilgrims Hospice.
Palliative Care MSc Presentations
1:50 – 2:00 Perceptions of Palliative Care, Specialist Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care in a Kent hospital – Sharon Lane, University of Kent.
2:00 – 2:10 Education in palliative care in Greece – Nikolaos Kakaras, University of Kent.
2:10 – 2:25 The Sikh population of North-West Kent: the lived experience of caring for a dying relative
at home – Margaret Mary Cowan, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, EllenorLions Hospice.
2:25 – 2:35 Questions for MSc students.
2:35 – 3:00 Rapid response hospice at home – Clare Butler, Medical Director, Pilgrims Hospice.
3:00 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 3:50 Care homes project – what can we learn and how to take forward – Laura Holdsworth,
Research Associate, University of Kent.
3:50 – 4:05 Validating the PPI the science behind the study – Dr Siva Subramanium, Specialist Trainee,
Pilgrims Hospice.
4:00 – 4:20 PhD: The story so far – Dr Declan Cawley, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Pilgrims
Local Portfolio studies
4:20 – 4:30 SOB in cancer – Rose Ward, Palliative Care Research Nurse, CLRN Kent & Medway.
4:30 – 4:40 Emotionality in MND – Dr David Oliver, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Wisdom Hospice.
4:40 – 4:50 Carers Assessment Tool – Tricia Wilcocks, Head of Care, EllenorLions Hospice.
4:50 – 5:00 Questions and discussion on Local Portfolio Studies.
5:00 – 5:15 Summary & Close – Dr. Andrew Thorns, Consultant Palliative Medicine, Pilgrims Hospice.
5.15 Close
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