As a pioneering organisation, we have always looked to develop services to adapt to the changing needs of those we serve.

To help us to do that, we’ve regularly undertaken research projects with partner agencies.

Most recently, we’ve undertaken research in the below.

Lymphoedema management equipment

Last year we took part in a major national research project, studying with patients with Lymphoedema in one or both legs. A number of our patients tested electronic pumps as an alternative to wearing compression bandages and hosiery. The study lasted six months and demonstrated that pumps were be more effective than manual massage, in reducing swelling and requiring fewer visits to St Oswald’s for patients.

Provision of short break services for young adults

In early 2013 we embarked on a research project with Manchester University to find out the difference a short break service makes to the lives of young adults and carers, from the perspective of young adults and carers themselves, as well as professionals involved.

Small Service, Big Impact

The published report - Small Service, Big Impact – is being disseminated to key influencers and opinion formers, to demonstrate the benefit of dedicated services for young adults with life limiting conditions.