A lifelong privilege working in palliative care
Helen Meehan’s dedication to improving palliative care led to her being awarded a British Empire Medal in the new year’s honours’ list. As lead nurse in palliative and end of life care at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, she says it is a ‘privilege’ to nurse people at the end of life. Here, she talks to Jennifer Sprinks about her career to date.Abstract
As a lead nurse in palliative and end of life care at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Helen Meehan always keeps one thing in mind when caring for patients. ‘People never forget how we made them feel,’ she says.
Ms Meehan, who started her nurse training at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in 1983, initially worked in oncology as a staff nurse before training as a midwife. However, she soon realised she was on the wrong path.