8th March 2017
Representatives from Livewell Southwest recently attended ‘Living Well to the Very End’, a patient and family centred care celebration event supported by NHS England, The Health Foundation and the Point of Care Foundation.
Held at the London auditorium of The Health Foundation on Thursday 23rd February, teams from across the south of England gathered to showcase their work relating to End of Life care to an audience including National Clinical Director for End of Life Professor Bee Wee, South of England Regional Medical Director Nigel Acheson and Policy Lead for End of Life for the Department of Health Laurent Viac.
The Livewell Southwest team – Director of Operations Michelle Thomas, Professional Lead Coral Styles, Clinical Manager Hazel Roberts, Senior Community Detoxification Nurse Sian Ellyatt and Service User Experience Manager Claire Gatehouse - showcased the findings of their project, which aimed to establish local knowledge of the impact on people who have been bereaved through substance misuse, evaluate what support is available and identify gaps in provision, and which won the Point of Care Foundation’s ‘Best Creative Entry’ award thanks to their Remembrance Tree, a display which incorporated the thoughts and feelings of the individuals and families who had been bereaved.
Coral Styles, Professional Lead, said: “We were delighted with our award, as we felt that our presentation and display really reflected the thoughts and experiences of the people and families we spoke to whilst undertaking our project. The day itself was incredibly inspirational, and hearing of the experience of some families around end of life care was very humbling, alongside the work done by teams within other care settings to improve their experience.”
Whilst the showcased project has now ended, the Livewell Southwest team are keen to act on the findings of the project, such as the implementation of a Plymouth memorial café and the establishment of a specialist Drug & Alcohol post within the community to provide alcohol-related death bereavement support.