East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ELHT) community end of life care provision has been rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating from the independent inspectors.
CQC inspectors met with community specialist palliative care staff, management and nurses, as well as visiting patients in their homes.
In their report they praised the service for being “personalised to patient’s individual needs and taking into consideration the whole patient’s circumstances, including financial.”
They also reported a “truly multi-disciplinary approach to end of life care involving stakeholders (patients).”
Christine Pearson, ELHT Director of Nursing and Executive Director for end of life care, said:
“At East Lancashire Hospitals, our staff are successfully integrating hospital and community NHS services and we’re delighted this has been recognised by the CQC with their “Outstanding” rating for end of life care in the community.
“This hugely positive CQC report is the result of an excellent team effort, and we are very, very proud that community end of life care in East Lancashire is rated “outstanding”.
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