About the partnership
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PARTNERSHIP
There is a high level of need for palliative and end-of-life care in NI, a relatively low level of research, and considerable potential for increased capacity. In recent years researchers have established partnerships and conducted preliminary research which now puts them in a position to make applications to NIHR, but such applications will be stronger and more likely to succeed with the support of the envisaged Partnership.
The twin aims of the Partnership are:
1. To build palliative care and end-of-life research capacity in NI, with a specific focus on less experienced sites, so that strong applications can be submitted to Part Two of the NIHR Commissioned Call: Building the evidence base.
2. To create a sustained collaboration that will support a further programme of research in the five years following the Commissioned Call, focused on key areas of need in NI that are also relevant to the rest of the UK.
1. To form a Partnership to include university researchers, health and social care practitioners, patient and public representatives, the charitable and voluntary sectors, and policy makers and commissioners of services.
2. To identify and include Partners from geographical areas where there are the largest shortfalls in research activity compared to need and care capacity.
3. To work with Partners to develop several strong applications for submission under Part 2, that are co-produced with patients and the public, and address important and enduring evidence gaps for those delivering and receiving personalised palliative and end of life care.
4. To optimise the policy and practice impact of research funded under Part 2.
5. To establish an ongoing and expanding Partnership that will support the identification of palliative care and end-of-life care needs that are important in NI and the UK as a whole but which have been under-researched, and to develop programmes of research to fill these gaps, thereby providing an evidence base to underpin policy, commissioning, and practice.