The project is one of 11 receiving financial and institutional support from the Fund for Innovation and Leadership, run by the Queens Nursing Institute (QNI) and the Burdett Trust for Nursing.
Debbie Boots and Nicky O’Shea, who work at the hospice in Margate, travelled to London to present their proposed project to the QNI.
Debbie explains: “We have seen first hand the importance of detecting bed sores early and wanted to conduct a new project which would help the different healthcare teams who provide care to patients in their own homes to identify this condition earlier and to share the information.”
Registered nurses Julie Whiffin and Amanda Lawson will also contribute to the project, which will include collaboration with community services, education and training sessions, information leaflets and patient/family involvement.
Shaun Stacey, interim chief executive at Pilgrims Hospices, said: “We are very proud of this news. This is a prestigious award nationally and it is rare for a hospice to receive this funding. We hope the work of our nurses will lead to an improvement for patients receiving end of life care across the country.”
The Fund for Innovation and Leadership awards grants annually to nurse-led project. Recipients benefits from up to £5,000 in direct financial support – which can pay for equipment, materials, training and hire of facilities – and project leads also benefit from a year-long programme of support from the QNI.