Monday 22nd September 2014
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Autumn 2014
More than 70 healthcare professionals in Dudley, West Midlands, have been given training so they can help more people spend their final days at home
The palliative care training was developed by Macmillan with The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and The Mary Stevens Hospice. It includes a standard framework, training and education courses and resources. Through the training, professionals become Palliative Care Champions so they can deliver the highest standard of end of life care.
‘I have worked in Dudley for the last 20 years,’ says Karen Lewis, Macmillan Palliative Care Educator in Dudley. ‘Before my role with Macmillan I was a district nurse practice teacher. Unfortunately, I lost my mother in 2006 and did not have a good experience, which is what inspired me to take on this role.
‘A number of different agencies deliver end of life care in Dudley, including health, social care, the voluntary sector and private agencies. I want to ensure they are all supported to complete a standard of mandatory training in end of life care, which will mean they feel confident in their skills and that people will have a better experience.
‘The response so far has been fantastic. To have more than 70 champions already is a great start and I am eager to roll the programme out further.’
Tudor Humphreys, Macmillan Development Manager for Dudley says, ‘Macmillan wants to ensure people who are nearing the end of their life receive well-coordinated and planned care so they can die in the place and in the way they choose. This starts with ensuring those delivering their care are appropriately trained.’
Choice at the end of life campaign
With the right support, 73% of people with cancer would prefer to die at home. But only 29% actually do. Macmillan is campaigning for anyone with cancer and nearing the end of life to be given the support they need to be able to choose where they are cared for and where they die. Visit macmillan.org.uk/endoflife to find out more about the campaign.
Contact Karen Lewis.
1 Macmillan February 2010 online survey of 1,019 UK adults living with cancer.
2 Office for National Statistics. Mortality statistics: deaths registered in 2011 in England and Wales.