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As a research active hospice, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices makes stringent efforts to continually promote evidence-based practice and research, to support high quality care and services for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Whilst increasing in recent years, research evidence within children’s palliative care remains sparse compared with that underpinning care of the adult population with palliative care needs.

Supporting a research active environment

Journal Club

Within the hospice environment staff are enabled to keep abreast of current research to ensure best practice through our Journal Club, which other hospices have highlighted as an example of best practice.

Practice Education Team

Our dynamic Practice Education Team ensure that all staff training and education is updated to reflect current evidence relevant to our specialism.

Partnership working

We recognise the need for partnership working with academic institutions, so we participate in research supported by academic expertise, knowledge and skills.

Further education

We’re keen to support staff pursuing further education and research. Several members of staff are pursuing postgraduate degrees or other continuing professional development opportunities.

Research themes and objectives

Our partners

Research Governance Committee

Our Research Governance Committee is made up of internal and external professionals who are enthused about building research capacity and looking at new and more effective ways to provide care for children and their families. The committee is responsible for ensuring that any research carried out is robust, ethical, relevant, appropriate, completed and disseminated. There are still gaps in knowledge regarding children’s palliative care – patient-focused evidence of needs, experiences and the effectiveness of interventions are a priority for us now and for the future.