Each month, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight some of the wonderful staff that make up the EoLP Partnership family. This week, Frances Underhill told us a little about her role as a Public Health and Wellbeing Officer.
Q: What’s your role at EoLP?
A: I am a Public Health and Wellbeing Officer and I take an upstream holistic approach to end of life care – this really means I get the communities of Cheshire thinking about what is important to them now and in the future whilst they are well and putting plans in place to help them have the best end of life experience when that times comes.
Q: What does a typical day at EoLP look like for you?
A: A typical day would be travelling to different communities within Cheshire, enabling and empowering them to take a holistic view to supporting people in their own communities. Sometimes this can be around long term palliative conditions, support for carers, bereavement, planning care, social isolation and loneliness. I mainly develop and deliver sessions to staff and volunteers to build knowledge, skills and confidence around end of life issues that they can cascade to their communities.
Q: Why did you decide to join EoLP?
A: I joined EoLP as I wanted to give back to the services that helped and supported me when my Mother died of Alzheimer’s. My Mother had a very good end of life experience, but I knew others who hadn’t. This made me want to support communities to have conversations earlier and to plan their own future care. This will ensure their wishes and preferences around end of life will be more likely to be considered when the time comes. We all plan for birthday parties and holidays, but planning for our end of life is more important as we only have one chance to get it right.
Q: What’s the most rewarding thing about working at EoLP?
A: The organisation as a whole is like an extended family, everyone works towards the same goals and is passionate about what they do. I work with lots of amazing people in the community, unsung heroes that go above and beyond to support those in need and it is rewarding to help and support them.
Q: What’s your “unwind” go to?
A: One of the best things that helps me unwind is taking my dogs for a walk across local fields. Not only is it a good way to get some exercise and breath in the fresh air, but it gives me a chance to reflect upon the work I have done that day and clear my mind ready to go into Mummy mode when I get home.