Our End of Life team has been shortlisted for Team of the Year in the Nursing Times Awards.
The team, who work across hospitals in Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole, as well as in the North Lincolnshire community, have been recognised for their commitment to improve end of life care to our patients.
Chief Nurse, Ellie Monkhouse, said: “When a patient is near the end of their life, we support them and their loved ones to make it as comfortable as possible in line with their wishes for how they’d liked to be cared for.
“We’ve recently implemented a new initiative for all staff, to make sure the care we provide is patient-centred, holistic and consistent. The Bluebell Principles, being rolled out across the Trust, focus on better communication with the patients and family, recognising the signs of someone dying and developing individual care plans for each patient.”
Sixty-eight End of Life Champions have also been trained to lead on the Bluebell Principles and support colleagues in their areas.
The Bluebell logo (pictured) has been introduced and will be used in a number of ways when patients are at the end of their life.
Matron, Claire Hebden, explained: “A simple Bluebell displayed on the room door of patients who are near the end of their life tells any staff entering the room the person is at the end of their journey with us. Bluebells symbolise humility and kindness, two important qualities to show our patients.
“During the pandemic, many of our staff were faced with caring for patients at the end of their lives. Our hope is the Bluebell Principles will support any member of staff privileged enough to care for someone at such an important time of their lives and lead to even better patient care.”
The team will attend the Nursing Times awards ceremony on Wednesday 26 October in London where they will find out the results.