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Congratulations to Dr Lucy Pocock who has won an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to conduct the SHIPS study: SHaring Information at the Primary/Secondary care interface for patients with a poor prognosis. 

The aim of this research is to understand what information, about patients who are probably coming towards the end of their lives, should be shared with GPs after a hospital stay, and how it might best be shared.

The SHIPS study builds on the realist evaluation of an Electronic Palliative Care Coordination System (EPaCCS), completed during my SPCR GP Career Progression Fellowship. The SHIPS study will explore the range of methods for sharing poor prognosis when patients are discharged from hospital, including EPaCCS."
- Dr Lucy Pocock

Dr Pocock will be supervised by Dr Lucy Selman, Professor Sarah Purdy (both from University of Bristol), and Dr Stephen Barclay (University of Cambridge), and will work closely with the Bristol Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group and several acute NHS Trusts in the South West and the West Midlands.

"The SHIPS study builds on the realist evaluation of an Electronic Palliative Care Coordination System (EPaCCS), completed during my SPCR GP Career Progression Fellowship, and will explore the range of methods for sharing poor prognosis when patients are discharged from hospital, including EPaCCS. The protocol for the EPaCCS evaluation is published here."

Lucy has also collaborated with colleagues at KCL and Sheffield to produce a rapid virtual stakeholder consultation of the experiences, concerns, and priorities for palliative care research during the COVID-19 pandemic, which included contributions from a new PPI advisory panel (see below). 

Over the past two years, Dr Pocock has worked with colleagues to establish a Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group in Bristol, and in 2019 she was awarded a PPI grant from the SPCR to help set up a PPI advisory panel to work alongside the research group. Lucy has written for The Conversation on the crisis facing care homes during the pandemic.