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Palliative care team at Princess Alexandra Hospital is 'most inspiring'

A new approach in transforming how end of life care is provided for patients in West Essex and North Hertfordshire has won top-level praise for the Macmillan palliative care team at Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust (PAHT).

EOL Presentation Winners

The Princess Alexandra Hospital and Partners team worked over five months to bring together practitioners such as GPs, consultants, junior doctors, occupational therapists and nursing teams to create an integrated service that ensures minimum stress for patients when they are at their most vulnerable.

The project was part of the End of Life Collaborative organised by NHS Improvement, which supports NHS trusts' improvement programmes around the country. At the final presentation of their work, held in the Law Society in London, the PAH team was named 'The Most Inspiring trust.'

At a time of distress for patients and families, it is important to make the transfer to hospital and home as smooth as possible, avoiding the need for a number of contacts with different agencies. The PAH team devised a presentation which showed how all the agencies could work together to achieve this, to improve care, and to focus on the patient's wishes for their end of life.

The team represented the concept by a large-scale jigsaw, highlighting the vital nature of collaboration by practitioners from different disciplines and organisations in order to secure the best outcome for the patient and their family.

The presentation was peer reviewed by end of life teams at the event and the PAH team was voted the 'most inspiring'.

Dr Andy Morris, Chief Medical Officer, who was part of the PAH team presenting at the event, said: "The team's work is evidence of the commitment at Princess Alexandra Hospital to ensure the best palliative care and to focus on the patient's wishes at the centre of their care. This award is a fantastic boost as the team puts this learning into sustaining improvements at the trust."

Gill Robertson, Lead Clinician for Palliative and End of Life Care and Macmillan Palliative Care clinical nurse specialist said: "The team is proud and delighted to have received this accolade. We would like to thank the executive team, EPUT, the West Essex Community Trust and the West Essex CCG for their support for us in this project."