Our Partnership with University of Leicester

LOROS is delighted to be partnering with the University of Leicester in becoming their Affiliated University Teaching Hospice. Whilst the two organisations have worked alongside each other for many years it is now an exciting and significant strategic step to be more formally associated and be working for mutual benefit.


What are the aims and objectives of the partnership?

  • To further LOROS's role in achieving the joint ambition to equip future medical, nursing and allied health professionals with the skills they need to provide great care to patients and their families

  • To increase collaboration in research into how to improve that care.

  • To share resources – both physical and intellectual within education and research, and collaborate for future development of education courses and research.

  • To enhance the profile for end of life / palliative care education – for the benefit of students but also the University and LOROS.

  • To develop the future workforce for forthcoming challenges.

  • To widen access to health professions and support lifelong learning.

What is the significance of this development?

There is a rapidly growing ageing population and this will increase the number of patients who need end of life care: there is estimated to be a 25% increase by 2040. The University and LOROS will be working together to address this challenge through both education and research. There will be an increase in the number of doctors and nurses and other health care students to meet this need and new partnerships and ways of learning will be required. This affiliation provides formal recognition of the teaching relationship between LOROS and UoL and recognition of the standards of education delivered by LOROS.

What does this mean for patient care?

Doctors and nurses will be better equipped to care for patients because this initiative will allow more opportunities to receive training from LOROS. Patients and families will have opportunities to shape this training and are already involved in many ways in supporting the teaching and research at LOROS. Strengthening our relationships will provide new opportunities for research that will improve the care of patients and their families.

What does this mean for the University?

The collaboration means that teaching will be directly informed by the care that patients and families need. Students will get opportunities to be supported in learning from real-life patient consultations and from clinicians who specialise in working with people that are dying.

How does the teaching benefit palliative care professionals?

The affiliation with the University will enable LOROS to build relationships with academics in the University who can provide palliative care professionals with important knowledge about new research. It will also facilitate new collaborations that aim to improve both patient care and teaching and offer new opportunities to palliative care professionals to get involved in these.

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