Innovative end of life care wins Nursing Times award

A technologically advanced end of care service delivered by Bispham based Trinity Hospice & Palliative Care Services in conjunction Clifton Hospital, part of the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has won a Nursing Times award.

Together, they implemented ‘Remote End of Life Care’, which allows them to contact patients in their own homes through tablets and video calls. Pilot campaigns initially ran at various nursing homes and Clifton Hospital itself over a 13 month period.

To date, the innovation has saved 800 hours of clinical time and £21,000 in costs, including travel expenses.

The Nursing Times awarded it the ‘Technology and Data in Nursing’ award, which was presented at magazine's annual ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Sarah Roberts, clinical nurse specialist manager at Trinity Hospice, said: "Patients who have been part of the process have not had any negative comments and have enjoyed the experience. Our main priority is to ensure patients have the best quality of life. Most don’t want to wait in all day for a nurse to call, so we’re providing patients with that choice on how they want to be contacted.”

Most patients don’t want to wait in all day for a nurse to call.

Trinity Hospice has continued with the initiative, with ongoing ‘Virtual Clinics’ within the community.

Sarah added: "We need to ensure that our patients are given a choice, not only about the service they receive, but also the way they receive it.

"For us, it means we can see more patients in a day because we are not spending time on the road. For 14 months since launching a pioneering trial of our virtual clinics, we’ve been able to work remotely – and work smarter for our patients."

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