End of life care team recognised at regional awards

Posted: March 29, 2016

End of life care team receive further praise

A team responsible for providing patients across Swindon and Wiltshire, who are nearing the end of their life, with unique, personalised and dignified care have been commended at a regional award ceremony.

The Palliative Care and End of Life Team were announced as one of three finalists in the Education and Training Team of the Year category at the Health Education England Star Awards in Taunton on 15 March.

With all NHS organisations between Gloucestershire and Cornwall taking part, the Star Awards have been designed to celebrate and promote the very best in education and training across the local health and care sector. Nominees  are chosen by healthcare professionals, making recognition even more special.

The team from the Great Western Hospital were nominated for the work they have done to implement the Personalised Care Plan, which allows dying patients and their loved ones to be more involved in planning their care for their final days of life.

Karen Brown, End of Life Care Nurse, said: "Although we didn't come home as winners on the night, the team and I were thrilled to just be thought of in such a high regard by our peers."

First launched last summer, the Personalised Care Plan enables patients to discuss and agree their own specific care needs and wishes with healthcare staff, including where they would like to die, how they would like to be cared for and how their loved ones should be supported when they are dying.

The plan was rolled out across all Trust wards and departments at the Great Western Hospital last summer.

Karen Brown, End of Life Nurse, said: "When someone you care about is dying it is a very emotional time and our new Personalised Care Plan helps us to work with both patients and families to ensure that the final days of a person's life meet their individual needs and they are as comfortable as possible.

"Giving patients the care and support they need to die in a dignified way is incredibly important and something which can really help a family through the grieving process."

The End of Life Care Team in collaboration with the  Prospect In Reach Palliative Care Team based at the Great Western Hospital , have gone from strength to strength in recent months after being rated as good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in January.

In its report, the CQC said: "End of life care was responsive to the needs of patients and relatives, while also providing choice and accommodating individual needs for patients and carers."

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