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Right Arrow Trustís outstanding end of life care recognised
19 February 2016 at 08:51
A NHS trust’s outstanding work caring for the dying has been recognised by a national programme to improve palliative care.

The Department of Health has chosen Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust as one of 10 to take part in “Building on the Best”. The programme will support improvements in patients’ quality and experience of palliative and end of life care.

The Care Quality Commission Chief Inspector of Hospitals commended the palliative care and bereavement teams for their outstanding practice in a report on the Trust last May.

Dr Karen Groves, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, said: “We’re thrilled to have been selected for Building on the Best which will allow us to build on the best practice we have developed with other trusts.

“We have a very proactive approach to end of life care which includes a seven-day-a-week service, support and education for staff, and teams that work not just in hospital but with care homes, GPs and the charity sector too.”

Dr Groves added: “Most people say they would prefer to die in the place they usually live rather than hospital. We are the best performing Trust in our network on this measure.”

Building the Best will initially roll-out in England. It is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and is supported by a partnership between the National Council for Palliative Care, Macmillan Cancer Support, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

As well as further developing the work of the Transforming End of Life Care in Acute Hospitals Programme, Building on the Best will develop new areas of focus for improving end of life care.

These will include making information more accessible to patients and their families, to enable more shared decision making; taking the opportunities offered by outpatient appointments to discuss advance and anticipatory care planning; improving the handover of information and records as people move between acute and secondary care; and improving pain and symptom management.

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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Notes for editors

1. The 10 trusts taking part in Building on the Best are:

• Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital NHSFT
• Great Ormond Street Hospital NHSFT
• Guys and St Thomas' Hospital NHSFT
• University Hospitals Birmingham NHSFT
• East and North Herts NHS Trust
• Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust
• Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
• Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
• Poole Hospital NHSFT
• Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

The National Council for Palliative Care announcement.

2. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital. In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases.