The University of the West of Scotland (UWS), which has a campus in Ayr, has joined forces with Ayrshire Hospice to combine specialist knowledge and research skills that will help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire and Arran. The first project to be undertaken by the joint venture will be the appointment of a trainee advanced nurse practitioner (ANP), who will be supported by an academic research mentor.
Some hospice staff members will undertake a UWS part-time masters degree in research.
Aileen Anderson, chief executive of the Ayrshire Hospice, said: "The partnership will see hospice and university staff working together to do the very best we can for our patients, carers and families."
Professor Paul Martin, depute principal of UWS, added: "This formal partnership with Ayrshire Hospice will allow our organisations to jointly develop research and practice that will benefit palliative care patients and their families."
Both organisations will contribute £50,000 to the collaboration.