Care partnership’s top of awards chart

A CARE partnership led by Woking & Sam Beare Hospices has clinched the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Academic Health Science Network Award for End of Life Care.

At a recent award ceremony in London, the Co-ordinated, Safe, Integrated Team received recognition for their ‘innovative and collaborative approach’ to improving care for people in the last eight weeks of their lives.

Working across North West Surrey, the collaboration comprises Princess Alice Hospice, Marie Curie, Virgin Care, Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals, and Woking & Sam Beare Hospices (the lead).

The service, which delivers personalised, round-the-clock care and home-based support, is fully backed by the North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group.

Christine Clayton, GP and CCG Clinical Lead for End of Life Care, explained the euphoria felt within the partnership after the announcement.

She beamed: “I am absolutely delighted that we have won this award, as it recognises the hard work and commitment to the continual development of high quality end of life care. The collaboration of services has just gone from strength to strength since it was commissioned.

“Not only is it delivering an excellent standard of care to local people and their relatives, it is also a real example of how different professionals and organisations can come together to give a better service to our patients.

“As the CCG, it is incredibly rewarding to see our commissioning has resulted in greater collaboration across organisations with
better outcomes for local people.”

The Co-ordinated, Safe, Integrated Team regularly receives positive feedback.

In a recent survey, responses from residents and families show the team is fully meeting their expectations when caring and
supporting their loved ones; 100% of service users trust and have confidence in the service. With the support of the team, 96.5% of people are able to die in their preferred place, compared to the population average of 54%.

Dr Fiona Bailey, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Medical Director of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, explained:  “The team is passionate about, and dedicated to, delivering care to patients at the end of their lives and to supporting their families and loved ones.”

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