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Hospice and palliative care service shortlisted for Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards

Author: Leila Hawkins
23 August 2017

St Luke’s Hospice in Essex and Palliative Care Northumbria are among the nominees for this year’s Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards.

Palliative Care Northumbria has been nominated in the Team Award category. The service supports patients and their families at home, in acute and community hospitals, care homes, day hospices and in dedicated NHS specialist palliative care inpatient units across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

In recent years it has transformed from multiple small services into one single palliative care service, alongside community services and social care within one organisation. Additionally palliative care liaison teams work across all hospital wards to coordinate timely discharge and support for patients and staff on the wards.

It has also developed the Palliative Modern Matron role, possibly the UK’s first in palliative and end of life care, to provide attention and clinical leadership to this area of care.

St Luke’s Hospice has been shortlisted in the Organisation Nominees category. Over the last three years the hospice has extended its capacity to support people in their homes at the end of their life.

This community engagement project has enabled the hospice to develop services based on the needs of the local communities it serves, and reach out to individuals who may not have otherwise accessed hospice services.

Their service development includes a nursing home project and the award-winning Advanced Liver Disease Project.

Last year alone there was an increase of 10.8% in referrals to the main services provided at St. Luke’s.

Now in their third year, the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards were set up by Dr Kate Granger, who died of cancer last year at the age of 34. After her diagnosis she created the #hellomynameis social media campaign to encourage healthcare staff to introduce themselves to patients.

This year’s shortlist has a total of nine nominees, selected by a panel that included Kate’s close friend and colleague Dr Natalie Silvey, Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, and Kate’s husband Chris Pointon.

On judging the participants, Chris said:  

“As with the last three years there have been some fantastic entrants and we have again faced the difficult task of deciding the shortlist. Kate was very proud of her legacy and of how the awards have been embraced by the wonderful NHS staff. The nominees are exceptional and will highlight the dedication and commitment of everyday people who work in the NHS.”

Chris Pointon will take Kate’s place at the awards at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester on September 11 and 12.

For updates on Twitter follow #KGAwards17 and #hellomynameis

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