Our Learning Zone enables nurses and care practitioners, from the independent sector particularly, to learn the best ways to provide the best possible care for patients. The zone was officially opened by the hospice’s President, Lady Susan Langford and was made possible by a £1,200 donation from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). It consists of a laptop, printer, Wi-Fi access, academic journals and books and will also be available for care practitioners in the wider community to use.
Dinah Hickish, the Senior Advanced Nurse Practitioner, believes strongly in the value of education, and supporting the independent sector in being able to access knowledge. She said “This will enable us to learn from each other and share best practice, and hopefully in the future we’ll be able to develop more initiatives. I feel very strongly that the patients receive the best palliative care through education.”
We have an advice line for nursing/residential homes to contact us for advice about a client in their care, this can make the client more comfortable and it’s always good to talk over issues with another professional to ensure good symptom management, or be directed to the best person to help. The staff are happy to help with any palliative care issues that arise. There is a wealth of experience and skills that health professionals and those who care for someone can utilize through the hospice.
We are also happy for people to call in to discuss issues around palliative care, whether professional or carers.