Innovation to improve care

We are involved in several national and local projects to improve care. These include:

Results through relationships

“Results through relationships: in my last year of life, help me live well until I die”. We are working with our local communities, NHS England, the Dorset Integrated Care System, Dorset End of Life Care Partnership and Easier Inc to improve care and support towards the end of life. You can read more here and in our report.

Dorset End of Life Care Partnership

We are working with hospitals, GPs, district nurses, ambulance services, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and local authorities to help improve support and care for people across Dorset. If you are interested in getting involved in this work we would love to hear from you.

Building on the Best

We were delighted that Poole Hospital had been selected as one of ten sites across the country to take part in Building on the Best (2016-2018). This was an exciting opportunity to ensure that everyone has access to great care towards the end of their life, and staff at Forest Holme played a key part in the project. The project was led by the National Council for Palliative Care in partnership with Macmillan and it focused on:

  • Shared decision-making – enabling patients to regain choice and control where possible
  • Planning ahead for end of life care, including in clinic appointments where appropriate
  • Enhancing communication, including communication between hospitals and primary care
  • Improving symptom control


We are keen to enhance the evidence base for palliative and end of life care. We are active in several areas of research, including:

  • Preferences for end of life care
  • Decision-making at the end of life
  • Person-centred outcome measurement
  • Understanding people’s needs, preferences and priorities
  • Improving symptom control
  • Enhancing quality of life
  • Understanding the difference we can make

We have experience of a range of research methods, including qualitative and quantitative. We conduct systematic reviews for Cochrane Collaboration, to ensure that all relevant evidence from randomised controlled trials is taken into consideration to judge the effectiveness of interventions.