The vision of the Institute is to be an international leader, a
collaborative partner and a centre of research excellence for care
of the dying. It aims to facilitate and support those who want to
make a local, national or international difference to drive up
quality for care of the dying.
The Institute is based within the Cancer Research Centre at the
University of Liverpool, with clinical sites at the Marie Curie
Hospice, Liverpool and the Directorate of Specialist Palliative
Care at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS
The plurality of the Institute enables it to engage with service
providers, research structures and training resources across the
three environments in pursuit of the strategic aims of both the
institute and its partners.
Through service improvement and innovation, research and
development, and learning and teaching, the Institute is making a
sustained difference to patient care, from bedside to policy.
The MCPCIL's specific focus on Care of the Dying is unique
within world research and necessarily engages a frame of reference
beyond care of the dying accordingly, the methodological focus of
its interdisciplinary research is broad, engaging studies in basic
science and pharmacokinetics, to qualitative psychological and
social inquiry. The challenges in generating meaningful scientific
evidence in this sensitive area have motivated the Institute to
develop novel and innovative research methodologies, often in
collaboration with international academic partners.
The Scope of the MCPCIL's Portfolio in
Care of Dying
Over the past eight years the Institute has developed expertise
both in methodology and the ethical challenges of performing
research related to this complex area of care. As a result,
the Institute secured one of only two EU 7th Framework
Co-ordination & Support Grants (2008/2011) in Cancer and End of
Life Care, "OPCARE9: a European Collaboration to optimise research
for the care of cancer patients in the last days of life", was
co-ordinated and led by the Institute. It involved over 70
multidisciplinary researchers from 7 European and 2 international
partner countries and was worth EURO2.2m. This led to the
establishment of an international research collaboration (IORC),
led by Professor John Ellershaw where international leaders develop
high profile research to improve care of the dying.
Institute Strategic Direction
The Institute strives to respond to and drive the public policy
agenda to promote patient choice, dignity and respect through
broader societal engagement and working in partnership with local,
regional, national and international bodies. Through its
various research and quality improvement projects, the Institute
aims to promote safe, effective, patient centred, timely, and
efficient, equitable and measurable care at the end of life.
Living and dying well is a core value that informs the work of the
Institute, and we believe that good communication, care and
compassion are paramount in supporting patients to achieve this
goal. Working collaboratively across Europe and beyond has
strengthened our commitment and capacity to undertake high quality,
robust research, to utilise service innovation and improvement
methodology and knowledge transfer to improve care for the dying in
the 21st Century.