Q: What is the significance of this development?
A: We have a long-standing relationship with the University of Leeds and our new status as University Teaching Hospice formally acknowledges the quality of research and teaching our Academic Unit of Palliative Care carries out. It reinforces St Gemma’s position at the forefront of palliative care internationally and will act as the UK benchmark for integrated clinical and academic palliative care.
Q: What does this new status mean for patient care?
A: All of our research, teaching and training is ultimately aimed at improving patient care and means the people we look after will be treated in the best way possible.
Whether we are researching pain relief, training students or learning more about palliative care developments across the world, as patients’ needs change over time, we will always be in a position to adapt because of the new research which will be carried out. Our ongoing research ensures St Gemma’s staff and volunteers have the most up-to-date education in standards of care, based on first-hand evidence.