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Morecambe Bay leads the way in end of life care

26th April 2019

Staff should be congratulated for being front-runners in embedding the principles of the newly published NHS Long Term Plan ahead of time

Congratulations to University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay (UHMB) NHS Foundation Trust who have received the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Quality Hallmark Award for excellence in personalised end of life care.

Morecambe Bay is one of three acute trusts nationally to receive the GSF Quality Hallmark Award in end of life care. They and the other two trusts (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS FT and Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust) have been praised as front-runners in integrating the requirements set out in the NHS Long Term Plan ahead of time.

In line with the NHS Long Term Plan’s end of life care priorities, healthcare professionals are required to provide ‘proactive and personalised care planning for everyone identified as being in their last years of life’.

EoL_care_award_pic.JPGThe winning hospital teams received training and support through the Gold Standards Framework which aims to improve standards in end of life care - and has a strong focus on advance care planning. Staff at the acute trusts completed six training workshops, a series of online evaluations, compiled a portfolio of evidence and were also visited by the GSF assessment team.

Sarah Mistry, chief executive at the British Geriatrics Society presented the awards at a ceremony in London, and said:

“Staff in all these hospitals should be congratulated for being front-runners in embedding the principles of the newly published NHS Long Term Plan ahead of time. They are making tangible improvements in end of life care provision for patients and their families.”

Joy Wharton, Macmillan Lead Nurse for Palliative and End of Life Care at UHMB said:

“Ward 9 is our first ward to go through re-accreditation after being awarded the GSF quality mark three years ago. We also have two other wards in Morecambe Bay with GSF Accreditation - Ward 37 at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, and the Acute Medical Unit at Furness General Hospital.

“As a Specialist Palliative Care team, we find that the teams on the accredited wards work more systematically to address the end of life care needs of patients and families, and this results in high quality, proactive personalised care for palliative patients, whatever their diagnosis.”

“Staff in all these hospitals should be congratulated for being front-runners in embedding the principles of the newly published NHS Long Term Plan ahead of time.

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