Academic Unit of Palliative Care

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The Academic Unit of Palliative Care

The Academic Unit of Palliative Care (AUPC) is a partnership between St Gemma’s Hospice and the University of Leeds.

The Academic Unit trains health professionals from across the city, runs in-person and online palliative care training courses for professionals, and carries out research, the results of which are used to improve patient care. St Gemma’s is the first University Teaching Hospice.

We aim to be recognised internationally as a centre of excellence and an outstanding model for improving care of those approaching the end of life through integrated research, teaching and clinical practice.

Our work is guided by our values:

  • Respect and value patients, carers, staff and all those we work with
  • Innovate and integrate with local clinical practice
  • Inspire and support continual development and sharing of knowledge
  • Build capacity to ensure a sustainable academic unit
  • Be responsible and accountable for the standard of our work

The Academic Unit links academic and clinical partners and is physically located on two sites; St Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown in North Leeds and the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. This underpins our commitment to integrated clinical academic practice.

“St Gemma’s is amazing, everyone was incredibly welcoming and flexible to whatever we wanted to learn about…”

Find out more about the St Gemma’s Academic Unit of Palliative Care:

Further Information:

Study at the AUPC

The AUPC Annual Report 2022/23

AUPC Conference Centre

AUPC Placement Application

“The Hospice visit was incredibly organised and I really enjoyed this placement. Every single member of staff I spoke to was helpful and approachable…”

Latest Blogs from the AUPC

Palliative Care Research and Innovation at St Gemma’s: Meet our new Research Practitioner

The West Yorkshire Advance Care Planning & Bereavement Toolkit