St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds has appointed its first nurse consultant as it prepares to launch a number of new nurse-led beds.
Catherine Malia, formerly an advanced nurse practitioner at the facility, started her new job this week.
Her appointment comes as the hospice gets ready to introduce several nurse-led beds for terminally ill people in its inpatient unit. The development has been funded by the Health Foundation’s Innovating for Improvement Fund.
“One of the hospice’s key clinical priorities is the development of end-of-life beds in our in-patient unit, which will be nurse-led”
Ms Malia’s job will involve leadership, sharing good practice, service development and research and evaluation. At least half of her time will be spent in clinical practice.
Director of nursing Cath Miller described the role as “pivotal” within the nursing team.
“One of the hospice’s key clinical priorities is the development of end-of-life beds in our in-patient unit, which will be nurse-led,” she said.
“Catherine will lead this project and her new role will be integral to its success. Her skills as an expert practitioner, non-medical prescriber and Masters-level nurse will continue to be a huge asset to the hospice and our provision of care at the end of life to patients and their families.”
“I am committed to ensuring evidence from our research is translated into practice to benefit patients”
Ms Malia, who has worked at St Gemma’s since 1999 having joined as a staff nurse before becoming a team leader and then an ANP, said she was excited about her new role.
“I am very much looking forward to working with other providers across Leeds, in addition to regional and national networks, to help influence and develop end-of-life care for patients and their families,” she said.
“I am very involved with teaching and clinical effectiveness with the St Gemma’s academic unit of palliative care and am committed to ensuring evidence from our research is translated into practice to benefit patients.”