The Day Therapy Unit team at St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston has been announced as the winner of NHS England’s 6Cs Live! October Story of the Month competition.
The judging panel, which includes representatives from NHS England, Nursing Times, a 6Cs Live! patient champion and the RCNs Nurse of the Year, chose the team for going the extra mile in their support for the whole family, as well as the patient.
Linda Gregory, community services manager at St Catherine’s Hospice, explains more:
“The idea came about when we realised our Day Therapy Unit was treating a higher than average number of younger patients with life limiting conditions, who had young children, so we wanted to take away the mystery of where their parent or relative went each week.
“It’s only natural for children to be curious so we wanted to welcome them by holding dedicated, invitation only, events at first during the schools holidays and then on Saturdays.
“The sessions, often around themes such as Halloween or Christmas, enabled us to break down barriers with children and satisfy their curiosity about hospice care, as well as helping to create a few treasured memories during what is an emotional time.”
Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said:
“The team at St Catherine’s Hospice embodies what the 6Cs are all about. The care, compassion and commitment they show their patients’ families is fantastic; particularly in what is often a very difficult time for everyone.”
Sam Sherrington, Head of Nursing and Midwifery Strategy at NHS England, said:
“It’s exactly these kinds of stories that we want to hear about. We know that nursing, midwifery and care staff are caring and compassionate in the work they do every single day, so we want them to share their experiences with us and with the rest of the health community.”
Do you have a Story of the Month?
If you would like your team to be considered for Story of the Month, you can view the criteria and submit your story on the 6Cs website