It has been a busy time since the last blog update as you know from the last blog, staff from the hospice attended the Help The Hospices Conference presenting some of our work and also having the opportunity to learn from the work of other hospices up and down the country.
So many topics were covered during the conference, ranging from the presentation of the final report of the Hospice Commission into the Future of Hospice Services, to the more practical innovations developed by individual hospice services, a total of 170 posters were presented as well as oral presentations in four themes, ‘strategic leadership’, ‘building the evidence base’, ‘organisational culture and workforce’ and ‘innovations in care’. The work of the commission identified many challenges that will face hospices in the coming months and years but also the opportunities that this may present going forward.
As you may have seen on our news page Nightingale House came away from the conference with a National Award for our innovation in fundraising practices for our Ecosorb animal bedding social enterprise.
Last week we also joined the celebrations at Glyndwr University as the health and social care students graduated on Wednesday afternoon, Professor Kate Sullivan was awarded an honorary fellowship of the University which was lovely to see, as Kate was herself instrumental in developing our own close links with the University in terms of palliative care and multi-professional education and training opportunities.
Although the conference and the graduation were very different events they have common themes in terms of future planning, sharing new ideas, piloting new projects and ensuring that staff are informed and educated appropriately to meet these new challenges and to ensure patient and family care remains of the highest standards possible.