Nurse Awards

Leadership Award finalist: Victoria Thorne

Leadership Award finalist: Victoria Thorne

Lead nurse, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

A new holistic service is ensuring cancer patients have better access to palliative care. The North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service co-ordinates care through daily meetings with district nurses to discuss new referrals, improve communication, and share knowledge and skills, supporting patients in their last year of life. Victoria was central in driving forward the initiative, which has seen more patients being cared for in their preferred place and deaths in hospital have fallen. Furthermore, 200 more people are being supported with palliative care. Nurses report being more able to offer flexible, holistic care to their patients.

Picture credit: John Houlihan

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