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Cransley Hospice Funds GP Training to Improve End of Life Care

Cransley Hospice Trust and Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity have jointly funded the first End of Life Masterclass which was held on 8th November 2017.

The broad aim of this End of Life Care Masterclass was to develop the knowledge and skills of GPs regarding the identification of people coming towards the end of life, care planning in advance, symptom management and end of life services that are available for patients and their families.

The training was provided by Consultants in Palliative Care Medicine as well as the End of Life Practice Development Team

The masterclass aimed to create more awareness of end of life care and share best practice amongst GPs. The feedback from the 112 participants has been very positive and the workshops attracted lively discussions. Many participants have already identified ways in which this training will influence their future practice.

It is planned that another three masterclasses will be funded by the two hospice charities This will enable the training to be provided to all GPs and Practice Nurses working across Northamptonshire.

Angela Howe, Cransley Hospice’s Head of Service Development, said:

“Education is hugely important in helping healthcare professionals to identify when patients are coming toward the end of life. Patients are then able to consider choices that they otherwise may not have been aware of or involved in”

Cransley Hospice also provides ongoing education for hospice staff. A dedicated practice development nurse coordinates training on topics such as pharmacology, communication skills training and the delivery of care that is individualised for to a patient’s needs.


Speakers Dr Darin Seiger and Amanda Taylor

Cransley Hospice Road Race 2017 - Results

This year's road race took place on Sunday 17th September and with fantastic weather saw a great turnout.

Results are available here:
Junior Run: http://bit.ly/2fRizoK
10K: http://bit.ly/2xgWKZI
Half marathon: http://bit.ly/2fdeomL

Thank you to everybody who took part and made this year's event such a successful event.

International Nurses Day 2017

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12th, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
Nurses' Day is an opportunity to think about the amazing work nurses do. Take time to celebrate and talk to people about why nursing is so important
The care provided at Cransley Hospice has already been rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. As part of international Nurses Day, we would like to further celebrate the contribution of the nursing teams based at Cransley Hospice.
We would love to hear about the care you, your friends or family have received at Cransley Hospice.
This could be the Hospice Nurses, Hospice at Home, Clinical Nurse Specialist or Lymphoedema Specialist Nurse.

The nurses at Cransley Hospice care for you in so many ways. We specialise in helping you and your loved ones to get on top of difficult symptoms, deal with any physical pain and reduce emotional distress. Our inpatient unit also offers expert care and support for you at the end of life as well as support for your family and friends.

Our Clinical Nurse Specialists are Registered Nurses with specialist knowledge and qualifications in cancer and palliative care. They provide advice on pain control, management of difficult symptoms and emotional support for patients. They also provide information about your illness and its management, as well as plan your future care.
We understand that not all patients wish to come into the Hospice to be cared for hence the valuable service that our Hospice at Home Team can offer to you should you choose to remain at home, in your own surroundings.

This team consists of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants who are experienced in end of life care. The team provide nursing care, symptom control and emotional support to facilitate care at home in conjunction with existing community services
The Hospice at Home Team's main aim is to help patients who choose to remain at home during their illness to be cared for at home. They maintain the same ethos of care as delivered by Cransley Hospice: to maintain dignity, assist in controlling symptoms and enable patients to make decisions about their care
Over the last two years Cransley Hospice Trust together with Cynthia Spencer Hospice Trust have significantly increased the funding provided to the Hospice at Home Team. This was to ensure more care could be provided to more patients and their families.
The Lymphoedema Nurse Specialists provide care in a specially adapted outpatient setting for patients with Lymphoedema which is a result of cancer and/or its treatment. The aim of the treatment is to reduce as much as possible the swelling and symptoms of Lymphoedema thereby helping patients to live as normal a life as possible.

How your donation could fund one of our Nursing Staff:

£115 could fund a shift for a Registered Nurse within Cransley Hospice.
£24 could fund a home visit by a Clinical Nurse Specialist
£45 could fund a Home Visit by a Hospice at Home Nurse
£20 could pay for a session to teach a patient to carry out their own simple Lymphatic Drainage.
If you would like to donate to support the work of the nurses at Cransley Hospice please click on Donate 

 

Dying Matters Awareness Week  8th to 14th May 2017

In 2009, the National Council for Palliative Care set up the Dying Matters  Coalition to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement.

Every year in May, the Dying Matters coalition host an Awareness Week. This year the aim is to get people more active in planning for dying and death. As part of this year’s Dying Matters Awareness week, Cransley Hospice Trust is promoting the support it gives in helping you plan for your care needs and wishes at the end of life.

Cransley Hospice Trust contributes to the funding of The End of Life Practice Development Team. This team have developed an Advanced Care Planning booklet which is called “Planning for your Future Care”, This document helps you to think about, and write down your wishes, preferences, and priorities of care including how you would want to be cared for at the end of their life.

You can include anything that is important to you, no matter how insignificant it may appear. You may find it helpful to talk to your family and friends about your future care. This may be difficult because it might be emotional or people might disagree. However, talking about these things openly can often be very helpful. It may be useful to talk about any needs your family or friends may have if they are going to be involved in caring for you. Your professional carers (like your doctor, nurse or social worker) can help you and your family with this.

Planning for your future care can help you and your carers understand what is important to you. The plan helps you to discuss your views with those who are close to you. It will help you to be clear about the decisions you make and keep a written record of your wishes so that they can be carried out at the appropriate time. An advance care plan will only be followed if you become unable to make or communicate a decision for yourself.

Recording your wishes and preferences for care in this booklet helps to make sure that your wishes and preferences are considered. You can choose who you share this information with. Remember that your wishes and preferences may change over time. You can change what you have written whenever you want to, and we recommend that you review your plan regularly to make sure that it still reflects what you want. You do not need to fill in all the sections in this booklet, and you can take your time filling in the sections you want to use.

By accessing our resources, you can start to plan for the inevitable, and reduce worry and heartache for your loved ones.

For more information on “Planning your future care” or a downloadable version visit:  here

You can also email any questions or comments you may have about using this document to:   eoleducation@nhft.nhs.uk