The trust, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, has employed the first hospital based End-of-Life Assistant Practitioners in the UK.
Mary Bura and Nisanthan Mahalingham are helping the trust deliver its End-of-Life Care Strategy by helping identify and support patients and their families during their last days of life.
The pair, who work rotationally across the trust’s hospital sites, have also been instrumental in helping raise awareness of the issue among nursing staff as well as ensuring dying patients are cared for using the Last Days of Life Care Agreement (LDLCA).
Randall Jones, Senior Palliative and End-of-Life Care Nurse at Northwick Park Hospital said: “They’ve done a fantastic job considering that these were new posts and, since their appointment, there has been a marked improvement in ward documentation surrounding end of life symptom assessment, ongoing discussions with family members and meeting spiritual needs.”
“The number of patients dying within the Trust who are meeting the five Priorities of Care through the use of the LDLCA has risen from 16% to 42% in the past year and Mary and Nisanthan have been on hand to offer expert advice on the physical and psychological care of the dying and their carers.”
Mary and Nisanthan’s hard work has recently been recognised after they were shortlisted for Healthcare Assistant of the Year at the RCNi Awards.