Dorset County Hospital

Trusts work together to improve end of life care

News   •   Oct 12, 2012 09:48 BST

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Weldmar Hospicecare Trust 
have joined together to improve the care offered to patients who are nearing the end
of their life. 

Weldmar is running a programme of training days for nurses and healthcare
assistants which will equip ‘End of Life Care Champions’ with the knowledge and
skills to ensure patients and their families have the best experience possible.
Caroline Sweetland, Education Nurse Facilitator explained: “The End of Life Care
Champions will be studying all aspects of end of life care, including pain control,
communication skills and care of patients who are dying and their families.
“The days will also include advice and support on how to disseminate the knowledge
and skills amongst their work colleagues.
“In addition to the study days, Champions will spend a placement day in practice,
shadowing a specialist in palliative care, further developing their skills and
knowledge.”
Dorset County Hospital’s Deputy Director of Nursing Tess Drabble added: “Our
Champions are really keen to make a difference and improve the care that is offered
to patients who are approaching the end of their lives by all the health professionals
they come into contact with so we can make their final days as comfortable as
possible.
“We also want to ensure we are doing everything we can to support patients’
families at such a distressing time.”