ERICH, the European Research Institute for Chaplaincy in Healthcare, works closely with the European Network of Healthcare Chaplains, which the AHPCC is part of. It promotes Spiritual Care research throughout Europe. You can download the latest (December 2020) ERICH Newsletter here.

Current Research

University of Surrey PALLUP Survey

The PALLUP study, led by Professor Caroline Nicholson, aims to identify and understand the Palliative Care needs of older people with advancing frailty and to support community services to deliver this care. While older people with advancing frailty are likely to be in the last phase of life, their end-of-life needs are often under-recognised. The purpose of the online survey is to aims to understand current community service response, and recent service improvements, for older people with advancing frailty with palliative care needs. This will help develop a Palliative Care Service Framework and resources to consistently provide better palliative care across England for this under-serviced population.
The PALLUP team is seeking to recruit people who are leading, managing or providing care within a home-based care service to older people with advancing frailty (Contact details are in the table below).

Research requests, and information about individual ongoing projects.

Ongoing Research
Author(s)Title or SubjectInformationLinksTime frame
Dr Lorna Rouse
Research Associate,
Open University
Victoria and Stuart Project
Research into support for people with learning disabilities to plan for the end of life
Request for survey participants (5-minute)Request posted August 2022
Susi Lund,
University of Southampton
Developing a Web Resource to Support Families and Friends Bereaved during COVID-19Request for feedback on the web resourceFamilies in Bereavement web resourceRequest posted March 2022
Revd Stuart Murdoch, Strathcarron HospiceScoping exercise on hospice chaplaincy recruitment and employmentRequest for job descriptions, terms of employment, financial banding, and other related informationstuart.murdoch@nhs.scotRequest posted February 2022
Professor Caroline Nicholson and Richard Green,
University of Surrey
Identify and understand Palliative Care needs of older people with advancing frailty and support community services.
Request for participation in a 25 minute survey.Information and access to the Participant Information SheetRequest posted October 2021