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Modern matron's role praised for impact on end of life care

Michelle McKidd reveals how her unusual role, which spans hospital, community and social services, is breaking new ground in delivering palliative and end of life care

Michelle McKidd reveals how her unusual role, which spans hospital, community and social services, is breaking new ground in delivering palliative and end of life care.

Michelle McKidd

Michelle McKidd’s job is unusual for several reasons. First, her post is jointly funded by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Marie Curie charity, and second she works across hospitals and community services to ensure they are knitted together to provide the best possible care for people approaching end of life.

As a modern matron for palliative and end of life care, Ms McKidd’s job is to ensure staff in community, acute and social care are working as a team to respect patients’ wishes and help them receive individually tailored care.

‘Marie Curie wanted to reach out to more people and support them, so my role is to integrate teams across the hospitals and the

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