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AN academic team from Lancaster University is part of a new European research programme developing and testing ways to improve palliative care for older people in nursing homes.

The £5.5m project, Comparing Effectiveness of Palliative Care for Elderly People in Long-Term Care Facilities in Europe, starts on February 1.

A five year EU funded study, involves leading academic researchers from six European countries.

Lancaster University’s International Observatory on End of Life Care was awarded £583k to run the UK research element of the study which encompasses two main activities – mapping current provision of palliative care in care homes and developing the training for care home staff.

In the first year of the project, the Lancaster team will examine the current ways that palliative care is provided for older people living in care homes across 28 European countries.

Lancaster University, is the sole UK research partner and currently has a four-strong research team, led by Professor Sheila Payne and Dr Katherine Froggatt.

This will grow to eight in to include two further full-time researchers, a trainer and a nurse to collect data in year three.

Dr Froggatt, is renowned internationally for her research in this specialist field.

Trainers from across Europe will attend a week-long training course at Lancaster.