The initiative aims to develop and implement nurse-led beds for patients who are nearing the end of life within the inpatient unit at St Gemma’s.
After developing this idea and putting it into practice, the team will evaluate the results of the initiative, gathering evidence about how the innovation improves the quality of healthcare.
The team will be led by Catherine Malia, advanced nurse practitioner at the hospice, who explained: “Many end of life patients may prefer to die in a hospice but are unable to because they do not have specialist medical palliative care needs.
“This project will involve assigning some hospice beds as nurse-led; designated for the care of patients with a limited prognosis but without complex symptoms requiring medical input.”
It is hoped that the programme will enable St Gemma’s Hospice to reach more patients in the region, enabling them to access the specialist palliative and end of life services that are on offer at the hospice.
St Gemma’s was one of the seventeen healthcare projects to receive funding from the Innovating for Improvement grant programme this year – and the only hospice to do so. The next round of grant applications will open in July 2015, find out more about the Innovating for Improvement programme on the Health Foundation website.