End-of-life team take top honour

The End of Life and Palliative Care Team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital
The End of Life and Palliative Care Team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

The palliative and end of life care team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has won a national care award.

The team walked off with the prestigious Palliative Care Team of the Year award at the annual British Medical Journal (BMJ) Awards in London.

We could not have done this without the staff nurses, doctors, healthcare assistants, ward clerks and other members of staff

The judges were impressed by the team’s ‘innovative and inclusive approach to training and education’, as well as its hard work to raise awareness and change public attitudes about end-of-life care.

Dr Harriet Preston, consultant in palliative medicine and clinical lead for end-of-life care, said: “Winning this award is great news for patients, staff and the trust, as it shows we are leading the way in terms of end-of-life care.

“Everyone is delighted to have received the award. It doesn’t just reflect the hard work of the Palliative Care Team – it is a reflection of the work of staff across the trust.

“We could not have done this without the staff nurses, doctors, healthcare assistants, ward clerks and other members of staff.

“It is testament to the care and compassion of everyone.

“We try to make one of the most difficult situations in a person’s life more bearable.”