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University Hospitals Bristol wins Palliative Team of the Year at BMJ Awards

Author: Leila Hawkins
05 May 2017

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust won the award for Palliative Team of the Year at last night’s BMJ Awards, sponsored by Hospice UK and Marie Curie.

The Trust was recognised for developing the Poor Prognosis Letter, communicating electronically to both patients and GPs the patient has a prognosis of less than a year. The use of this system has seen an increase in the numbers of people dying in the place of their choice.

It was the second award of the night for the Bristol Trust, after also winning in the Prevention Team category for high impact user group, which refers to patients who require several emergency hospital admissions in a year.

Commenting on Twitter, the Trust said:

“Congrats to our teams - both winners in their category at the @bmj_latest awards last night! We are very proud of your hard work.”

Three hospices were nominated: St Helena Hospice in Essex for the My Care Choices programme, a secure register that contains details of people’s preferences for end of life care, St Nicholas Hospice Care in Suffolk for its work promoting cornea donations, and Cornwall Hospice Care for its consistent Area Prescribing Group scheme, which reviews and advises on medication.

Velindre NHS Trust was also nominated in the Palliative & Hospice Team category for The Talk CPR, a project that aims to encourage discussion about using CPR on people with life-limiting illnesses.

The award ceremony took place at London’s Park Plaza Westminster.

For more information visit the BMJ Awards website

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