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9th July 2020
“A more seamless approach to palliative care in North Northumberland”
During COVID-19 HospiceCare North Northumberland has been working in partnership with nine surgeries that form part of Well Up North, an NHS Primary Care Network and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, to ensure an even more joined up approach to the palliative care needs of our rural communities. This collaboration means that HospiceCare’s clinical team is on the front line responding to the needs of our palliative patients at home ensuring they get the specialist end-of-life care they need.
HospiceCare’s Clinical Lead, Nina Burnett, said “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to work collaboratively with Healthcare professionals across our area. It allows our clinical team to share their knowledge, skills and experience of palliative and end-of-life care with the wider healthcare team and improves communication and integrated ways of working. We have always had a good relationship with the primary care and community teams and this opportunity allows us to grow and further develop that collaboration because ultimately, we all have the same goal in mind which is to achieve the best outcome for patients and their families.”
Dr Saul Miller, Glendale Surgery, and Clinical Lead for Well Up North said “We are delighted to have formed a closer working relationship with HospiceCare. This move is in keeping with the national drive to ensure we (NHS) are making the best use of all our resources and also in keeping with the underlying aim in the NHS to be more integrated in our approach. We feel this is a big step in the right direction for North Northumberland residents, helping to bring a more seamless approach to palliative and end-of-life care.”
Whilst the partnership with Well Up North continues for the benefit of our local communities, HospiceCare remains an independent local charity and as such, still needs to continue to generate their income from donations, fundraising, trusts and legacies.
(Image above: HospiceCare Clinical Lead, Nina Burnett with Amble Community Matron, Bernice McCaig)
Simpsons Malt, Berwick
"While we’re sad that the B-Party has had to be cancelled, we think it is important for us to pledge our sponsorship fee for the event regardless. Charities such as HospiceCare North Northumberland rely on events as a vital source of income and due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, none can be hosted.
We hope that by donating our sponsorship fee for the B-Party, it will go some way towards supporting the charity and helping it to continue its invaluable services in the community during this difficult time.” Richard Simpson, Simpsons Malt Vice-Chairman.