Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tea Am Steps Up Support End of Life Care for; HEALTH Reporter HELEN RAE Finds out What Innovative Schemes Have Been Put in Place to Improve End of Life Care for Patients in the North East

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tea Am Steps Up Support End of Life Care for; HEALTH Reporter HELEN RAE Finds out What Innovative Schemes Have Been Put in Place to Improve End of Life Care for Patients in the North East

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Byline: HELEN RAE

THE North East NHS has been looking at innovative ways to improve end of life care for patients in the region who are terminally ill. NHS North of Tyne has brought together health workers, carers and the voluntary sector in a bid to explore new ways to improve patient experience and the effectiveness of the care given to terminally ill people in their end of life care.

Isabel Quinn, head of commissioning and redesign at NHS North of Tyne, said: "End of life care champions from a range of health and social care settings across the North of Tyne area were sought to undertake a service improvement project around certain areas including advance care planning, use of technologies, partnership working and carers' support."

One of the champions, Katie Dodd, centre manager at Carers Centre Newcastle, focused on post-bereavement support.

She said: "The aim of Carers Centre Newcastle is to provide support and information to unpaid carers in Newcastle or for carers who care for someone who lives in the city.

"We provide carers with a range of services to assist them with their role.

"My project was to focus on the level of ongoing support to carers post-bereavement, making a case for funding as the centre isn't currently funded to work with carers once the person they care for has died.

wp bobn "The centre recognises that becoming a former carer is part f the 'carers' journey' and can be a time when support is needed most.

"Following the project four new beginnings' days are being unded by NHS North of Tyne, 'n fu www which will provide the centre with a strategy when working with former carers.

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