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Innovative end of life care nursing service up for award

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An innovative partnership that involves expert nurses and others working together to deliver high quality end of life care across Northumberland and Tyneside has been shortlisted for a national award.

A national charity and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have joined forces to provide services for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families under the Marie Curie @ Northumbria programme.

“Our aim is to increase the number of people being cared for in their place of choice”

Michele McKidd

It sees nurses help offer a range of new and enhanced services in hospitals and the community, including expert support from hospital palliative care liaison teams, a dedicated rapid response team and a modern matron for palliative care.

The aim is to increase the number of people being cared for in their place of choice – whether that is in their own homes, a care home, a hospice or hospital – make sure patients and their families are treated with the “dignity and respect they deserve” and improve co-ordination of care and support.

The scheme has been selected as a finalist in the National Council for Palliative Care’s annual awards in the End of Life Care Champions category, which recognises the contribution of individuals or teams at a local and national level.

The service is delivered by a combination of clinical nurse specialists and Marie Curie nurses and healthcare assistants, working closely with hospital palliative care consultants.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust/Marie Curie

Innovative end of life care nursing service up for award

Michele McKidd

They are supported by Michele McKidd, Northumbria’s first modern matron in palliative and end of life care.

“The Marie Curie @ Northumbria partnership is delivering tailored services to ensure people have responsive and patient-centred care and support for themselves and their families,” said Ms McKidd.

“Our aim is to increase the number of people being cared for in their place of choice and to ensure that dignity and respect is central to the care given to patients and their families,” she said. “We are delighted that our work has been recognised nationally.”

The partnership is jointly funded by Marie Curie and Northumbria Foundation Trust.

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