LOCAL DEMENTIA PROJECTS SHORTLISTED FOR AWARD
27 March 2017
Two separate Cheshire projects have been shortlisted for a Northern Lights Dementia Award.
The awards ran by the Northern England Clinical Networks celebrate the great work happening in dementia across the North of England. Cheshire Charity, The End of Life Partnership (EoLP), St Luke’s Hospice, East Cheshire Hospice and Dementia UK jointly set up one of the projects shortlisted, an Advanced Dementia Support Team. The team promotes a palliative compassionate approach to the care of people with dementia. St Luke’s Hospice and The EoLP also jointly established the second project, a Namaste Care Programme which seeks to engage people with advanced dementia through sensory input.
Siobhan Horton, Director of Strategy and Engagement, St Luke’s Hospice said, “Over recent years, St Luke’s Hospice wanted to find new ways to help people with advanced dementia. We worked with many great individuals and organisations and together developed the Advanced Dementia Support Team and the Namaste Project. However, worthwhile ideas are dependent on talented, hard-working people taking the ideas into action and reality. We are very blessed with such staff in both initiatives, who care deeply about the individuals and families they are serving. I am so proud of them all and wish they could be joint winners!”
Annamarie Challinor, Head of Education & Service Development (Macmillan) at The EoLP responded, “It has been a privilege working with our partners on these projects. The Advanced Dementia Support Team has brought a range of valuable skills into the Partnership and they now form an integral part of our programme. Dementia is a terminal illness and the Namaste project brings great comfort and pleasure in a designated safe environment for people living with dementia. The real winners of these projects are those patients and carers who we touch and I wish both teams good luck for the final and the future.”
Pictured above: The Advanced Dementia Support Team (L–R), Debbie Callow (Admiral Nurse), Jenny Casson (Occupational Therapist), Sian Harrison (Team Leader) and Nichola Wakefield (Business Support Officer).
Pictured above: The Namaste Project Team (L-R): Lynne Partington (EoLP, Project Coordinator and Specialist Adviser), Siobhan Horton (St Luke’s Hospice Director of Strategy and Engagement) and Sara Jones (St Luke’s Hospice, Namaste Project Worker)
University Of Tokai And Japanese Red Cross Visit End Of Life Partnership
20 March 2017
Pictured above (left to right): Associate Professor Rikitake, Cate Brady, Annamarie Challinor & Dr Sinead Clarke, End of Life Partnership, Professor Yanai, Japanese Red Cross Kyushu International College of Nursing, and Professor Osawa, University of Tokai.
The End of Life Partnership (EoLP) were pleased to welcome three Professors from University of Tokai and Japanese Red Cross Kyushu International College of Nursing who are visiting the UK on an educational tour. The Cheshire charity, who work to transform end of life experience and care, are recognised leaders in the field of supporting and educating staff, volunteers and members of the public.
Japan has already reached a “super-aged” society with the highest proportion of older adults in the world. Professor Motoki Osawa, is leading the team of experts who are researching various worldwide responses to one aspect of this, how to introduce and support qualified nurses to Verify an Expected Death (deciding whether a person is actually deceased). In the UK Verification of Death may be carried out by qualified nurses, as well as Doctors, and the Japanese team visited EoLP to learn of the approach to education offered to local nurses to enable them to use this skill.
Professor Osawa and others said “The End of Life Partnership’s philosophical as well as practical community-based activity deeply inspired our medical/nursing research team from Japan. They have greatly contributed to the community’s well-being surrounding death and life, which has guided us to the challenging introduction of death verification by a nurse and the advancement of grief care service in Japan, the first super-aged society in the history of humanity.”
Dr Sinead Clarke, Clinical Lead for EoLP, pictured below, added “It was fascinating to talk to Professor Osawa and his team, hearing about how procedures after death work in Japan. While we face many similar challenges, I was interested to hear how the system in Japan does not have a coroner and how their doctors have to cover large geographical areas. They are therefore looking to develop a similar system to ours for nurse verification of death.”
The team from Japan continued their stay in the UK with visits to Hospice House (London), the Royal College of Nursing, De Montfort University and the Leicestershire & Rutland Organisation for the Relief of Suffering (LOROS).