A nurse-led initiative in which hospice staff have taken their expertise on end of life care into prison settings has been recognised with an award.
The project to provide end of life care in prison was run by St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth, and Care UK, along with Dartmoor Prison Health.
It was announced earlier this month as the overall winner at the inaugural Burdett Nursing Awards as well as being the winner of the delivering dignity category.
Nurses from the hospice, including Derek Hart and Martin Thomas, were credited with setting up the project to “access a difficult and challenging environment”.
Their work meant that patients in their local prison health setting were able to “spend their last days with both dignity and respect in a place of their choosing”.
Such patients would normally have to travel to a hospital or be transferred away from the prison for end of life care, though many of them see the prison as their home, noted those behind the scheme.
The project was credited with bringing a “compassionate and caring culture to patients at the end of life”.
It has also supported prison healthcare workers and educated them to be able to “take a different approach”.
Initiatives have included a prisoner “buddy” system and also specialist palliative care clinics, which often see patients visited in their cells.
The judges described it as an “amazing project”, which was delivered with little money and had “truly made a difference and created real momentum for change”.
The Burdett Trust for Nursing held its first awards on 24 May at the Waldorf Hotel in London, in order to “acknowledge and celebrate inspirational nursing teams and initiatives across the world”.
The event, which saw eight awards given out, was hosted by Call the Midwife actor Helen George and attended by over 250 people from across healthcare and nursing.
The charity said the awards were to “commemorate and support projects that not only forward the future of nursing and care but are also changing lives”.
The trust makes grants in support of nurse-led projects, using its funds to empower nurses and make significant improvements to the patient care environment.
Full list of winners at the 2018 Burdett Awards
Young People’s Health winner (sponsored by Bircham Dyson Bell): School Nurse Team, The Children’s Trust
The Children’s Trust
Delivering Dignity winner (sponsored by Chamberlain Dunn): Providing End of Life Care in Prison, St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth and Care UK
St Luke’s Hospice
Global Health Impacts winner: Critical Care Child Nursing Teaching Team, Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative, University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town
Men’s Health winner: State of Mind Sport Charity
State of Mind Charity
Mental Health Nursing winner: Psychological Therapies Implementation Team, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Maternal Health winner (sponsored by Haysmacintyre): GSST Safeguarding Midwives, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Who Cares, Wins winners: Rapid Intervention Team, The Royal Wolverhamptom NHS Trust
Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Overall winner: Providing End of Life Care in Prison, St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth and Care UK
St Luke’s Hospice