Patients and carers in Bury are to benefit from more co-ordinated care at the end of life.

Specialist palliative care nurses from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust have relocated to Bury Hospice.  They will work with the Hospice at Home Team to provide a joined up service called the Community Palliative Care Team.  The move enables the teams to work more closely to offer a co-ordinated approach to plan and deliver care, whilst offering patients and their relatives a fuller range of services.

Clough & Willis advised Bury Hospice on the facilities sharing aspects of the new partnership

End of life care aims to support patients and their loved ones during the last 12 months of their life.   This includes palliative care for patients who cannot be cured and are terminally ill.

Well-co-ordinated end of life care ensures people are able to live as well as possible, that their wishes and preferences are known and that they are able to die with dignity.

Another important development in Bury is the launch of a single point of access for health care professionals to refer patients to the Community Palliative Care Team.  After referral to the service, patients’ needs are aligned to the most suitable care or provider, no matter which health care professional refers them to the service.  This includes meeting both health and social care needs for patients, such as psychological support, nutrition, physiotherapy and pain relief.

Development of these new ways of working has been supported by Macmillan Cancer Care.

Eloise Burke, Head of Clinical Services for Bury Hospice said: “The new arrangement with Pennine Care provides an important opportunity to enhance and extend the range of clinical services which are can be offered at the Hospice as we seek to develop our role in the community in Bury.”

Wendy Thompson, Senior Manager for Community Services Bury, part of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust added: “We are committed to continually improving services for local people to ensure we can meet their individual needs now and in the future.

“Achieving this relies on organisations taking a joined up approach, so I’m delighted to be working in partnership with Bury Hospice to establish the Community Palliative Care Team.  Together we can ensure that people receive the right care, at the right time and by the right professional.

“I’m looking forward to further developing our partnership and building on the great services we already provide.  I’m confident we can achieve great things, which will achieve our mutual aim of providing the very best care to the people of Bury.”

Dr. Debbie Hartley is a local GP, and NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group’s End of Life Care Lead (funded by Macmillan Cancer Care), Dr. Hartley said: “Many different health and social care professionals may be involved in end of life care, and so it is really important that this care is coordinated properly first time, you only get one chance to get end of life care right.  These developments have only been made possible due to close partnership working between all organisations involved, and will ensure that patients accessing end of life care receive the most co-ordinated, high quality care possible to meet their needs and wishes in their final weeks and months of life.”


Date: 10th July 2017

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