Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and Anita Hayes, the Hospitals Initiative Programme Manager for NCPC recently visited the George Eliot Hospital to look at the unique palliative care initiatives the Trust has.
The palliative care team jointly hosted the visit, alongside Mary Ann Evans Hospice, and provided an exciting opportunity to let the National Council see what enthusiasm and motivation that George Eliot Hospital and Mary Ann Evans have towards the care of their population who are approaching the last years and days of life, and the support they give to their families and loved ones.
The visit also provided the opportunity for the hospital to share some of their great work including the integrated working between the Trust and Mary Ann Evans Hospice, a Macmillan nurse based on AMU and the Health Campus aspiration. They also met with the hospital’s Director of Nursing, Michelle Norton and Director of Operations, John Thompson along with the hospital’s palliative care team.
Claire had previously attended the Good Death Café, organised by both the hospital and the hospice, and was impressed at the motivation in the professionals she met.
Claire Henry said, “Anita and I would like to thank George Eliot Hospital and Mary Ann Evans Hospice for giving up their time to share with us their successes and challenges in relation to palliative and end of life care.”
Dr Julia Grant, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust said, “We were really pleased to welcome Claire and Anita to the hospital. We have some really great initiatives happening within the Trust and we, as a team, feel very proud to share our experiences with them. We are passionate about supporting our patients, and their families, who are approaching the end of their life and are always seeking out new ways of working to ensure that we are at the forefront of palliative care.”