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Trust pilots new nursing role aimed at ensuring dignity for dying patients

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a clinical practice educator to help patients have a dignified death

A new nursing role is being piloted to ensure patients have a dignified death.

The new position at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust aims to agree an individual plan of care including symptom control, hydration, psychological, social and spiritual support.

Julie Challenger, who has more than 30 years’ experience in nursing, has been appointed clinical practice educator on a ward at Scunthorpe Hospital and in the stroke unit at Grimsby Hospital, before replicating the new role across the trust over the next 12 months.

The trust says enabling the individual to plan for death should be an integral part of personalised and proactive care.

The aim is also to roll out a comprehensive training package focusing on the trust’s end of life care plan.

The plan replaces the Liverpool Care Pathway which was withdrawn from use in the NHS following a national review in 2013.

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