31st July 2015

Quality of hospice care recognised

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-threatening illnesses. Our great reputation for providing high quality, compassionate care is due to the dedication, skills and experience of all those work for the charity, both paid and unpaid.

It is testament to this quality of patient care, and our commitment to continually improving our skills and knowledge, that St Richard’s Hospice has recently been recognised with a number of prestigious nursing awards.

We are delighted that we have been shortlisted in the cancer nursing category of the 2015 Nursing Times Awards. The shortlisted project is centred on helping student nurses be the best that they can be when caring for patients and their loved ones at the end of life.

Here at the hospice we recognise that our specialist nurses are in an ideal position to support and influence nurses of the future, ensuring that more patients receive a skilled palliative approach. The project nominated for this award has a direct impact on the way students work each day, giving them enhanced confidence, knowledge and practical skills. Student nurses are supported to raise their fears and anxieties, putting them in a more confident position when they meet similar situations.

We were also delighted that the skills and dedication of a specialist nurse providing end of life care to patients with life-threatening illnesses was recognised recently with a prestigious Queen’s Nurse award. Bernie Fisher, one of St Richard’s Clinical Nurse Specialists, received the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). She joins our Community Nursing Manager, Vanessa Gibson, as a member of this elite group of highly skilled community nurses, all committed to improving care and acting as a role model to other community nurses.

June Patel, Care Director