EPRC External Evaluations and Reports

  • EPRC Reports

The EPRC have undertaken a variety of local, national and international evaluations for a variety of stakeholders. These have included, for example, NHS England, THET (Tropic Health  Education Trust), local service evaluations of Hospice at Home services, emergency care for children with life limiting illnesses and an evaluation of a virtual ward service.

Please click on the years below for access to the project executive summaries and contact for further details.


  • Transition for young people with learning disabilities in housing, social care, and health care, education/training, and employment

  • 2017


    Approximately two-thirds of all adult survivors of childhood cancer can experience impairment or developing health problems from their cancer or treatment called ‘late effects’. Despite it being important for these adults to access appropriate health services for routine follow up care, attendance at outpatient late effects clinics can be poor. This study funded by the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Charitable Fund investigated the opinions and experiences of adult survivors of childhood cancer of these clinics through postal questionnaires and interviews. We found that many of the patients valued the clinic and felt reassurance from having a regular health check-up and access to experts. However some patients reported a poor understanding of what late effects may be and the purpose of attending the clinic. Those who attended multiple appointments with different clinical specialities suggested a more co-ordinated approach would be helpful.

    For further information please contact: Knightk@edgehill.ac.uk


    In 2009 Queenscourt Hospice launched their Hospice at Home service to help to support patients meet their wish to be cared for and to die at home. As this was a new initiative Queenscourt was keen to see if the service met the needs of the patients and families to whom care was provided. Edge Hill University Evidence-based Practice Research Centre have led several elements of evaluation of the service including the views of health care professionals and bereaved carers. What was vital, was to capture the voice of the patients themselves and their family carers, whilst they were in receipt of the service, to explore their experiences. Supported by the Cheshire and Merseyside Palliative & End of Life Care Network, Professors Barbara Jack, Professor Mary O’Brien, Louise Cope and Tracy Mitchell, from Edge Hill University, Evidence-based Practice Research Centre, interviewed 41 patients and family carers who were receiving the service. All respondents reported the enormous value of the service and commented on the high quality of care they received. The support and care that was provided enabled families to continue to care for their loved one and also helped the patient to remain at home.

    For further information please contact: Jackb@edgehill.ac.uk

    A team from the EPRC was commissioned by South Sefton NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to undertake an evaluation of their Virtual Ward (VW) Medicines Management Service (2015).  The overall aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of the VW Medicines Management Service and the objectives were: To explore the views and experiences of the VW Medicines Management Team (MMT) on the service they deliver; To explore the views and experiences of the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) of healthcare professionals who are also part of the VW, on the service provided by the Medicines Management Team; and to explore the views and experiences of the users (both patients and family carers) of the Medicines Management Service within the VW, and the impact of the service on these users.

    For further information please contact: Copel@edgehill.ac.uk

    There is a global need to expand palliative care services to reach the increasing number requiring end of life care. In developing countries where the incidences of cancer are rising there is an urgent need to develop the palliative care workforce. This study reports on a UK Department for international development (DFID) initiative funded through the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) where palliative care staff, both clinical and academic, volunteered to help to develop, support and deliver a degree in palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of the study was to explore the personal impact on the health care professionals of being part of this initiative. We found that this approach to supporting the development of palliative care in Sub-Saharan Africa through skill sharing in supporting the delivery of a degree programme in palliative care was successful in terms of delivery of the degree programme, material development and mentorship of local staff. Additionally, this study shows it provided a range of positive impacts on the volunteer health care professionals from the UK. Professional impacts including increased management skills, and being better prepared to undertake a senior role. However it is the personal impact including lifestyle choices which the volunteers reported as the highest impact. Interestingly, several of the faculty have joined other volunteer programmes to continue to support the international development of palliative care.

    For further information please contact: Jackb@edgehill.ac.uk

    A qualitative evaluation of safeguarding children supervision interviews was undertaken by a team of researchers based at Edge Hill University. The evaluation focused on the safeguarding children supervision provided for safeguarding practitioners based at a Community NHS Trust situated in the Merseyside region of the North West.

    For further information please contact: Jinksa@edgehill.ac.uk


    NHS England (North West) commissioned a team from Edge Hill’s Faculty of Health and Social Care, comprising Dr Angela Christiansen, Dr David Lynes, Dr Axel Kaehne, Andrew Kirkaldy, Toni Bewley, and Tracey Barnes, who conducted the evaluation between June and November 2014. Findings established that the Open and Honest Care: Driving Improvement Programme:

    • Is a highly valued part of the NHS improvement strategy on increased transparency about care quality.
    •  Has the potential to help ward based staff identify areas for improvement and empower them to act on areas in need for improvement.
    •  Can significantly contribute to a culture of learning within and across NHS organisations.

    The study also identified a number of key challenges for participating trusts in four different domains, such as how to implement the programme; share information with staff; disseminate information to patients and use the programme as a vehicle to improve learning processes within their organization.

    For further information please contact: Kaehnea@edgehill.ac.uk

    For further information please contact: Knightk@edgehill.ac.uk


    AGE UK Lancashire was awarded three year funding by the Big Lottery to undertake the Active Lives project (2012-2014) which involved introducing a range of groups and activities aimed at improving the wellbeing and physical and mental health of those attending. Edge Hill University worked in collaboration with AGE UK Lancashire to evaluate the experiences of older people who were involved in the AGE UK Lancashire Active Lives Initiative and participated in the active lives groups. The aim of this study was to evaluate older people’s experiences of participating in the active lives groups and identify the impact they had on the health and well-being of those attending them. The evaluation ran from April 2012 until December 2014 and utilised an observational descriptive study using mixed methods to collect quantitative and qualitative data by focus group discussions and self-completed questionnaires.  Reports of the findings of each phase of the project were published.

    For further information please contact: Roeb@edgehill.ac.uk

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