Trust shortlisted for national award

The trust’s specialist palliative care team has been shortlisted in the compassionate patient care category at the 2016 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

The trust’s award entry demonstrated how the specialist palliative care team have developed a Macmillan clinical end of life coordinator role to ensure the very highest standard of care for dying patients.

This unique role provides a dedicated holistic assessment of all dying patients and provides knowledge and expertise to help staff ensure dying patients do so with dignity, respect, in comfort and in their preferred place of death where ever possible.

The role includes an education and strategic role reporting to board level about the challenges facing our patients, carers and staff in end of life care delivery.

Consultant in palliative medicine Jane Bentley said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the team. Being shortlisted for the award is a reflection of what the team has achieved and shows the importance of the Macmillan clinical end of life coordinator role.

“Ensuring that we’re providing the best possible care and support to patients and their families at one of the most difficult times is so important to us and this new role has made such a difference.”

The awards recognise and celebrate the finest achievements in the NHS and showcase them to the service’s most influential leaders.

The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector. The awards will be presented at an inspirational ceremony on 23 November 2016 at Intercontinental O2, London.

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