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St Catherine’s joins campaign to Open Up Hospice Care to more families

In July 2017 St Catherine’s Hospice joined together with Hospice UK and fellow hospices around the country in a campaign to ‘open up’ hospice care to more people.

Working with Hospice UK, the national hospice charity of which St Catherine’s is a member, and other local hospices, the initiative put the spotlight on the issue of improving access to good quality care at the end of life.

It aimed to raise awareness that hospices are here for everyone – regardless of age, gender, illness, disability, ethnicity or sexuality – and showcase the difference charities like St Catherine’s make to the lives of thousands of local people each year. The campaign was launched following analysis by Hospice UK, published that month, which found that across the country 1 in 4 people who could benefit from quality end of life care, can’t get access to it.

Read more about initiatives introduced by St Catherine’s to widen access to hospice care in Central Lancashire here

Our work so far includes:

  • Clinics run by our expert Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) team at community locations like GP surgeries for those who are well enough to leave home. This enables our nurses to see more patients, compared to carrying out home visits.
  • Education and training delivered by our Knowledge Exchange team which is sharing our expert skills and experience in end of life care with other health and social care professionals. The latest programme launched is called 4Elements to End of Life and is aimed at those working in care and nursing homes.
  • Working with GPs and other health and social care professionals to identify people in the community who are thought to be in the last year of life and offering input and advice. This includes promoting and educating professionals about the use of the Supportive Care Registers – a formal record of those nearing the end of life, which is designed to improve collaborative working for the benefit of patients.
  • Rapid access clinics run by the hospice’s Medical Director at St Catherine’s, providing an appointment with an experienced palliative care professional within a set time frame.
  • Recruiting a discharge educator for the in-patient unit who is helping to make the discharge process more efficient and effective. This is helping more patients who are ready to go home, or who wish to die at home, to be where they want to be. In turn it is also freeing up beds for others who require the specialist interventions of the IPU team.
  • Establishing and developing a volunteer-led befriending service which provides support for carers of those with life-shortening illness, as well as those who are socially isolated and living with a palliative diagnosis. Managed by the Family Support Team but run entirely by trained volunteers, it is helping the hospice to reach out to more people in our community in a different way.

We’re proud of the progress we’ve made so far. But sadly we know there are still more local people who could benefit from our support.

Join with us and together we can help more local families get the care they need.

Here’s how you can show your support for the Open Up campaign.

Spread the word

Have you experienced the care of St Catherine’s Hospice, either yourself or through a relative or friend? This month, take the opportunity to tell at least one new person about the difference it made.

Share our posts on social media this month and help our message reach as many people as possible!

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Sign up as a volunteer

St Catherine’s couldn’t survive without our army of volunteers who help in all kinds of different ways.

Current opportunities include working at our brand new Superstore in Preston – where roles include van drivers, van assistants, shop assistants, till assistants and stock sorters. Click here for more information.

For other roles based at the hospice – including with the befriending service highlighted above – click here.

Make a donation

It costs £5.2m to run St Catherine’s each year. Out of this we need to raise £3.5m through the generosity and tireless efforts of our wonderful supporters.

Click here to make a donation to St Catherine’s Hospice.