Delivering nurse-led end of life care

Catherine Malia combines the ethos of holistic care with her clinical and leadership roles and is heading up a pilot project to deliver nurse-led end of life care

Having become the first nurse consultant at a specialist palliative care hospice, Catherine Malia combines the ethos of holistic care with her clinical and leadership roles and is heading up a pilot project to deliver nurse-led end of life care.

Here she talks to Clare Lomas about the qualities good palliative care nurses need and the improvements she would like to see in the NHS

Abstract

If Catherine Malia had not become a nurse, she would like to have been a florist. As nurse consultant at St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds, her flower arranging skills have come in handy on more than one occasion.

‘It is not uncommon for patients to decide to get married, and weddings are often arranged at short notice due to patients’ frail conditions,’ she says. ‘We pull out all the stops to make the day special, and my contribution has been a

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