Leading Consultant from the Cicely Saunders Institute Visits Ardgowan Hospice

Ardgowan Hospice, one of the first University Teaching Hospices in Scotland, continued its innovative and visionary research partnership with our School of Nursing Midwifery and Health by welcoming a world-leading consultant in Palliative Medicine to launch their IPOS (Integrated Palliative Care Outcome Scale) programme on Tuesday 22nd. September 2015.


The IPOS tool is an internationally-recognised method to measure improvements in patient outcomes.The adoption of IPOS is just one of Ardgowan’s strategic programmes of development which has included the appointment of Dr Caroline Sime as Improvement Fellow (jointly funded by Ardgowan and UWS) plus the establishment of a Continuous Improvement and Informatics Hub at the Hospice to support many projects completely aimed at improving the experiences of patients and their families using hospice services.

Based at The Cicely Saunders Institute, Kings College, London, Dr Fliss Murtagh had been invited by Ardgowan Hospice to deliver a presentation on ‘The Use of Outcome Measurement in Palliative Care’ to many of Scotland’s leading practitioners and educationalists in medical research and palliative care. Dr Murtagh was met by Dr Sandra McConnell, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Ardgowan Hospice and Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board,  Dr Tim Duffy, Assistant Dean (International) from the UWS School of Health Nursing & Midwifery and Anne Mills, CEO, Ardgowan Hospice said:

“We have reached a key milestone in our improvement and research programme within Ardgowan Hospice and are delighted to launch the new Integrated Palliative Care Outcome Scale (IPOS) in partnership with UWS and the Cicely Saunders Institute.”

Anne continued: “We were delighted that Dr Murtagh, as a global leader in this type of study, accepted our invitation to present at Ardgowan Hospice as part of our official IPOS launch. This reinforces our commitment to continue to build partnerships with exceptional world leaders in this field of research.”

Dr Tim Duffy believes that the  “University of the West of Scotland has a very productive collaboration with Ardgowan Hospice and the proposed roll out of IPOS across the hospice is an exciting development as it will ensure that the measurement of patient outcomes continues to inform and drive improvements in patient care and hospice services.”

Keith McKellar Chairman of Ardgowan Hospice said: “We are working with Dr Murtagh, the Cicely Saunders Institute and our partners at the University of the West of Scotland to measure and demonstrate the continuous improvements in health and wellbeing that we undertake at Ardgowan.  This is fundamental to our reputation of providing compassionate care, which can add years to life. Keith continues: “These are extremely exciting times in our research partnership with UWS and we are very proud to help drive forward research within Palliative Care in Scotland”