Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust has announced plans to significantly expand the size of its community end of life care nursing team.
The Macmillan healthcare team at the trust is to triple in size, with the recruitment of 18 additional 18 healthcare assistants.
The team take referrals from healthcare professionals for terminally ill patients who have chosen to die at home rather than in hospital.
Helen Mumby, team leader for specialist nurses, said the expansion to the team was good news to staff as well as patients.
She said: “As we’ve always been a very small team, there were times when we just didn’t have the capacity to take on all the referrals we received. That meant that healthcare professionals had to spend a lot of time ringing around trying to get another care package in place for their patients.
“The expansion to the team means we’ve been able to set up a central referral point meaning staff will be able to get their patients referred quicker and easier,” she added.
As the team develops, the trust envisages that the additional staff will also enable the team to provide additional assistance to people who have chosen to receive end of life care in a care home setting.
The North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed additional funding for the posts.
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