End of Life Care

Trinity Nurses and Palliative Care Team from front row -left to right: Tracey Morris, Kellie Gittins, Magdalena Levick, Cara Cooper, Dr Harriet Preston, Dr Andrea Whitfield, Jackie Brunton (Lead Cancer Nurse), Gail Watson (Directorate Manager) – Back Row – left to right: Nikki Roberts, Joanne Bradford, Natalie Wilson, Megan Astil, Gill Cross

End of Life Care at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

To ensure excellence in End of Life Care

“Care that is compassionate, equitable, reliable, improves the care experience and makes best use of resources.”



In End of Life Care, there is only one chance to get it right. The Trust recognises the importance of providing high quality care to all patients at the end of their lives. Over the past seven years, the End of Life Care team within Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been working hard to improve the care that is provided during this often very difficult period for patients and those important to them. The team is made up of Nurses, Doctors, Allied Health Professionals, members of the Hospital Discharge team and Chaplaincy team, supported closely by project support and hospital management, with the aim to ensure excellence in End of Life Care.

Meet the team

The team is led by Dr Harriet Preston, Head of Department for Palliative Medicine and Clinical Lead for End of Life Care, and Jackie Brunton, Lead Nurse for Cancer and End of Life Care. We are supported by Rev. Ian Baxter, Chaplaincy Lead, and Gail Watson, Directorate Manager. The team has strong nursing input from Ward Managers, Matrons and Trinity Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists. Our extended team includes representatives from Community Services, Speech and Language Therapy, Hospital Discharge team, Respiratory team and links with services for carers and for patients with other life limiting illnesses such as dementia.

Awards and recognition

The End of Life Care team have been delighted to have received several awards over the past seven years. The team was the overall winner in the Cancer Care category of the Care Integration Awards 2012. In 2014 The Fylde Coast Carers Trust named the team ‘Hospital Team of the Year’ and in 2015 they were awarded ‘End of Life Care Team of the Year’ at the Patient Safety Awards. The team were named ‘Palliative Care Team of the Year’ at the 2016 BMJ Awards.

The team at the awards ceremony

The team was named the overall winner in the Palliative Care category in the BMJ Awards 2016 for the Transforming End of Life Care Project.

Advance Care Planning poster campaign

CQC inspection, 2014

We were delighted with the outcome from the inspection, with the Trust awarded an Outstanding for the section titled ‘Are end of life care services responsive to people’s needs?’ The overall rating for End of Life Care was Good, reflecting the value of investment in training for our staff which has empowered them to deliver a high quality patient centred service for patients and their families.

National Care of the Dying Audit report 2016

Following the results of a national audit, we are pleased to report that Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has performed above the national average when it comes to caring for patients at the end of their life. In particular the trust scored above the national average for five key areas known as ‘End of Life Care Quality Indicators.’ These areas included recognition that a person may be dying, communicating this with the dying person and those persons important to them, establishing any concerns and needs of the dying person and those important to them, and developing an individualised plan of care for the dying person. Although we are delighted with this we recognise that there is still work to be done, in particular in widening the access to Specialist Palliative Care Services out of hours and at weekends.

Palliative Care

The aim of Palliative Care is to improve the quality of life for patients and their loved ones. The hospital Palliative Care Service provides specialist symptom management, psychological and social support for patients referred to the team who have a life limiting illness or progressive illness. The team consists of two Palliative Medicine Consultants, a Consultant Pharmacist, three Trinity Clinical Nurse Specialists and three Associate Nurse Specialists. We work alongside other teams within the hospital to enhance the care that is provided to patients and their families or carers. We currently work from 8 am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and some bank holidays.

As part of an Integrated Palliative Care Service, we can access other services to support patients when they are discharged from hospital, depending on their wishes and their needs. This may include referral to Trinity Hospice for those who would benefit from assessment in the specialist unit or referral to the Trinity Community Nurse Specialists who support patients who wish to remain at home or in their care home. Other services include the Trinity Hospice at Home service which aims to provide care and support for patients within their own home, the Trinity Day Therapy Unit and counselling and bereavement support from the Linden Centre.

Useful numbers:

Hospital Palliative Care team answer phone: 01253 953670

Trinity CNS team secretaries: (Mon-Fri 0830 – 1230 and 1330 -1700)
01253 359379

Trinity Hospice main switchboard: 01253 358881

Linden Centre: 01253 595552

Useful links:

Trinity Hospice