New partnership will develop palliative care services

The Marie Curie@Northumbria team including modern matron Michele McKidd, head of palliative care service Dr Paul Paes (back right) with Neil Talbot, Marie Curie service improvement lead.
The Marie Curie@Northumbria team including modern matron Michele McKidd, head of palliative care service Dr Paul Paes (back right) with Neil Talbot, Marie Curie service improvement lead.

A new partnership has been created to deliver high quality palliative and end of life care.

Marie Curie has teamed up with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to launch the ‘Marie Cure @ Northumbria’ service to develop tailored services.

This is a fantastic partnership and we’re pleased to be working alongside Northumbria Healthcare.

Karen Torley, north east divisional general manager from Marie Curie

The partnership aims to increase the number of people being cared for in their place of choice and to ensure individuals and their families are treated with dignity and respect.

Dr Paul Paes, head of service for palliative care at the trust, said: “We believe this is a unique partnership, and the first of its kind in the country.

“Northumbria has invested significantly and creatively in palliative care to create the largest integrated palliative care service in the country.”

Karen Torley, north east divisional general manager from Marie Curie, said: “This is a fantastic partnership and we’re pleased to be working alongside Northumbria Healthcare.”

“As the UK’s leading charity caring for people with terminal illness, we know the importance of working closely with local NHS boards to ensure the right care is put in place for people and their families.

“We look forward to working alongside Northumbria Healthcare to develop this service to ensure people have the best access to high quality care.”

The first phase of the service has seen the recruitment of the first modern matron for palliative care in the Trust as well as the appointment of a team of nurses to expand the hospital liaison service across North Tyneside General and Wansbeck General Hospitals and the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington when it opens in June.

Their role is to support individuals with palliative care needs who are being treated in wards across the hospitals.

A unique feature of the service will be for the team to follow patients home in the first 24 hours of discharge to ensure a smooth transfer of care to community teams.

Phase two will see the development of a new community team, incorporating a rapid response service, which will aim to reduce the number of unnecessary hospital admissions for people which can be traumatic for them and their families, and support them to be treated in the community and at home and is due to be launched in the second half of 2015.