Pilgrims Hospices is now accepting applications for this year’s Patricia Morley Awards for Improvements in End-of-Life care.
Patricia Morley was the incomparable and inimitable face of nursing at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital for many years. She worked tirelessly to promote best practice in nursing and was a long-standing Trustee of Pilgrims Hospices.
The awards are open to nurses and allied healthcare professionals who work within health, social care or Pilgrims Hospices in east Kent and this will be the second year that care professionals can submit a project plan or model of care that will improve end-of-life-care.
Last year’s award winner, Jan Hyde, End-of-Life-Care Facilitator for East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) told us about her project: “The Comfort Care Packs are designed to support the essential comfort and dignity of family members staying overnight with loved ones.
The pack content is aimed at reducing anxiety in the relative who has no essential items to use but doesn’t want to leave the patient’s bedside. Some toiletries, a toothbrush and toothpaste are just a few of the items that can really make a difference to families at such a sensitive time.”
Last year also saw the launch of the Compassion Project, a collaborative project between East Kent Hospitals Foundation Trust and Pilgrims Hospices to promote a culture of compassion at end of life within the acute hospital settings at EKHUFT.
Wendy Hills, Director of Nursing and Care at Pilgrims Hospices, explains: “The Patricia Morely Awards are a very special chance for us to say thank you to the hundreds of other professionals in Kent who work hard to give the best end-of-life-care at a time when families need it most.”
There are several great prizes on offer including:
- Patricia Morley Award for improving end of life in an inpatient setting
Prize of £1,000 that can be used towards a project that will make a difference to patients being cared for either in a hospital ward setting or a hospice inpatient unit.
- Patricia Morley Award for improving end of life in a community setting award
Prize of £1,000 that can be used towards a project that will make a difference to patients being cared for in the community.
- Patricia Morley Award for innovation in improving end of life care
Prize of £1,500 that can be used towards a new model, tool or way of working that improves end of life care.
For more details click here to download the information pack and application form. Entries must be in by 30 November.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their entry by 14 December, with winners announced during the week beginning 17 December.