I am absolutely delighted to have taken on the role of National Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care for Nursing.
Having been in post for a few weeks I’m now beginning to link in with key individuals in each of the Health Boards to truly represent nursing across Scotland, ensuring the nursing voice is fully heard on behalf of patients and those important to them.
My passion is communication and I believe fully in the human connection that we as nurses have with our patients.
Compassion is about the human experience of noticing, feeling and responding.
Delivering compassionate care has to be fundamental for all staff, and supporting nurses to be able to do this is one of my main goals.
The Living Well in Communities team held two workshops at the NHSScotland Event, which took place at the SECC on 14th-15th June 2016. These sessions explored initiatives from Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland that are helping people to spend more time at home or a homely setting that would otherwise have been spent in hospital.
We’ve put together a Storify of the tweets from the sessions.
The sessions were chaired by Susanne Miller, Chief Officer for Strategy, Planning and Commissioning and Chief Social Work Officer for Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership. June Wylie, Head of Implementation and Improvement at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, introduced the Living Well in Communities portfolio and frontline speakers from across the different Living Well workstreams and related areas of work:
High Resource Individuals – Anne Palmer, Programme Manager, Connected Care, NHS Borders
Frailty and Falls – Rebekah Wilson, Ayrshire and Arran Falls Lead and Falls Community Connector.
Anticipatory Care Planning – Janette Barrie, Nationa Clinical Lead (Nursing) Anticipatory Care Planning, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Housing – Maureen Cameron, Manager, Lochaber Care & Repair
Intermediate Care and Reablement – Lorna Dunipace (Day 1), Interim Head of Transformational Change (Older People), and Christine Ashcroft (Day 2), Service Manager, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership
Palliative Care – Caroline Sime, Research Fellow University of the West of Scotland and Ardgowan Hospice
Representatives from the Scottish Government, National Services Scotland, Health Boards, Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Health Scotland got together on 11th May to discuss the work taking place around High Resource Individuals (HRIs) across the country.
In Scotland, a small number of people use a high percentage of hospital and community prescribing resources and inpatient bed days. By focussing on people with a high level of need there is potential to better understand and align the resources used, manage service capacity and demand, and ultimately improve care pathways for those that require the most support.
Starting with the principles of the Scottish Governments 2020 Vision – that everyone is able to live longer healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting – the group aimed to set out clear objectives and actions for these HRI projects, such as:
What sorts of things come to your mind when you read the phrase ‘Living well in later life’? How can quality improvement help achieve this and why is the QI community across health and social care getting involved?
Surely how one lives, is not something that anyone other than the individual can control? Living well is about making your own decisions, about exercising choice. So why, one might ask are the health and social care organisations developing a programme that seeks to focus attention on this?
In a nutshell, what we are trying to do, through a series of projects is to empower older people and their loved ones to make decisions about how to live well in later life and provide guidance to help them navigate through the maze of choice of care solutions so that informed decisions about how one wishes to live well can be reached.