Academic Research

Academic Research

The aim of the Academic Research team is to find the best ways for Hospice IOM to provide the right care at the right time in the right place for people needing palliative and end-of life care on the Isle of Man. The term research is used in its widest sense as the search for answers to specific questions.


Research Themes
  • Person-centred outcomes - where people have as much control and influence as possible over decisions that affect their own health and care (National Voices 2017)
  • Compassionate communities and public health approaches to end of life care
  • Integrated palliative and end of life care
Listening: “What Matters to you, matters to us”

As well as researching what is done in other parts of the world through published scientific literature, information is gathered on-Island through listening events such as conversations with individual people, group discussions and/or surveys with:

  • The general public
  • Young people

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  • Volunteers
  • Carers
  • Patients
  • Clinical and non-clinical staff within Hospice
  • Clinical and non-clinical staff from Department of Health & Social care (DHSC)
  • Private organisations
  • Third Sector organisations



Quantitative data from a variety of sources are analysed to determine current and predicted use of services. These analyses seek to answer questions such as what people are dying of and where, in order to plan for the future. By combining this with information gathered through the listening events, the team can find where the strengths and gaps in end-of-life and palliative care services are. The team members bring together information that will help Hospice to continue to improve the care it provides.


The Academic Research team is able to make the most of available resources through working in partnership with on- and off-Island organisations. Hospice IOM is the lead organisation for a special interest group (SIG) in palliative and end-of-life care for the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC). Anyone who is interested is encouraged to join IFIC free of charge on their website (Click on “join us” in the top right corner and follow the instructions). Once you are a member you can opt to join the SIG on Palliative and End of Life Care. Working with academic institutions around the world can help deliver findings of the highest quality and relevance.

The team also works with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Third Sector organisations on the Island on various projects including evaluations.


By evaluating services and methods in a systematic way, the research team helps departments within Hospice to appraise and improve what they do and how and where they do it. Examples include the evaluation of Project ECHO, the End of Life Care Skills assessment, the impact of changed working hours and the patient-centred outcomes questionnaire. The research team is also supporting the evaluation of the Integrated Care Pilot Project led by DHSC

Posters and presentations on some of the research projects:


Continuing Education

The Academic Research team supports Hospice team members in continuous education activities such as the Hospice Nurse’s Journal Club


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Funding that enables Academic Research team to achieve its aims is provided by

  • Dr Scholl Foundation
  • Manx Lottery Trust (as delegated partner of Big Lottery Fund UK)
  • Gough Ritchie Charitable Trust
  • Masonic Charitable Foundation
  • Elizabeth Clucas Charitable Trust

Scholl Academic Centre launches "Questionnaire on the Experience of End of Life Care on the Isle of Man"

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