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Innovative end of life care partnership shortlisted for a national award

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017
Innovative end of life care partnership shortlisted for a national award

An innovative partnership delivering high quality palliative and end of life care has been shortlisted for a national award. 

The Marie Curie @ Northumbria partnership has been selected as a finalist for a National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) award in the End of Life Care Champion(s) category which recognises the contribution to end of life care from an individual or team at a local or national level.

The partnership brings together the strengths of the charity Marie Curie, which provides nursing care and support to people living with terminal illness, and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, with its expertise in delivering dedicated palliative care in hospital and community settings.

The collective aim is to improve the quality of life of patients and their families across Northumberland and North Tyneside, who are living with life limiting illnesses.

The partnership is delivered by a combination of clinical nurse specialists and Marie Curie nurses and healthcare assistants, working closely with the hospital palliative care consultants. They are supported by Michele McKidd, Northumbria’s first Modern Matron in palliative and end of life care, who is responsible for ensuring that excellent standards of care are being delivered across the partnership.

Michele said: “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.

“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.

“We are delighted that our work has been recognised nationally.”

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