The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced a special award to commemorate one of its former trustees Professor Kieran Sweeney.
Professor Sweeney was an honorary professor of general practice at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in Devon, and a GP in one of the first nurse-led practices in the UK. He was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma at the age of 57 and died at home with his family on Christmas Eve 2009.
The award will provide £2,500 to a multi-disciplinary team to enable them to make practical changes to their services or ways of working, or to undertake training, in order to improve care for patients at and after the point of diagnosis of a life-threatening illness.
QNI practice development manager Anne Pearson said: “This award has been created in Kieran’s memory and with the approval of his family, to offer a multi-disciplinary team the opportunity to improve care for patients in the final stages of life.
“Through the publicity and dissemination that will follow, we hope to influence the day-to-day practice of many more individuals and teams.”
QNI chair Rosalynde Lowe added: “We were immensely grateful to Kieran for his contribution as a trustee of the QNI, not only in helping to shape our nursing in the home-focused strategy, but also in his sensitive understanding of community nursing and primary healthcare generally.”
The closing date for applications for the award is 14 March 2011.
- Shortly before he died, Professor Sweeney was filmed talking about his experience of care during his final illness. This film has been made available as an educational resource for health professionals.