Blackpool medics have scooped a coveted national award for their “excellent” work caring for patients in their last days of life.
The End Of Life team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have won their sixth award –one for each year they have been working to transform care for patients and relatives.
Judges said they were “blown away” by the team’s work, when they presented the End Of Life Care award at the annual Patient Safety Awards in Birmingham.
The team was established in 2009 after a young man wanted to be cared for at home when he died, but the Trust was unable to fulfil his wish.
Andrea Whitfield, clinical lead for Palliative and End of Life Care, said: “I’m thrilled and delighted for the team but also for the Trust and our colleagues who have done so much to ensure that we provide the best possible care for patients and families.”
The team was praised for its training of 1,300 staff members, data collection and new ways of working.
It has developed a system called the Amber Care Bundle for patients whose recovery is uncertain, helping to reduce the rate of readmissions for very ill patients, allowing people to be looked after in their preferred place.
Project manager Marion Bennie said: “Staff tell us how confident they feel after the training and that they feel more able to have difficult conversations with patients.”
Kellie Gittins, one of the trainers for the Trust, added: “We’re all so passionate and we share the same goal – to improve things for patients.
“Everyone goes that extra mile.”