Weston hospital and hospice to present how working together can improve patient comfort

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 August 2018

Inpatient unit sister Claire Fisher pictured with inpatient unit manager Jill Nash, next to clinicl staff and Dr Fiona Chiplen (bottom right).

Inpatient unit sister Claire Fisher pictured with inpatient unit manager Jill Nash, next to clinicl staff and Dr Fiona Chiplen (bottom right).


Clinical staff from Weston Hospicecare will share their work from a collaborative project with Weston General Hospital at a national conference in November.

Claire Fisher, who works as a sister in the in-patient unit, and Dr Fiona Chiplen will discuss a plan to improve patient comfort and identify the phases of a patient’s illness more specifically.

The pair will present their work from the quality improvement project between the hospice and the hospital’s palliative care department at Hospice UK’s national conference.

Claire said: “We are undertaking a collaborative quality improvement project with Emma Newbold (lead nurse palliative care) at Weston General Hospital.

“It is not often two different clinical areas carry out quality improvement projects (QIPs) together.

“The integrated palliative outcome scale (IPOS) is a tool that nurses can measure how a patient is feeling and can be used to identify what stage the patient may be at.

“A questionnaire is completed by the patient or if the patient is unable to do so by a friend, relative or a staff member.

“IPOS is a well-established tool used across many hospices, allowing healthcare professionals to capture any changes in a patient’s health status over time, it can include family and carers.

“It also promotes improved communication between professionals and in different health settings, such as hospices, hospitals and GPs.

“It has also been found that it improves the patient’s emotional and psychological wellbeing.”

Presenting the project at the national conference is a huge boost for the hospice and the charity’s presentation was selected from 390 entries.

Claire added: “Having had our abstract chosen is fantastic for the hospice and the hospital but more importantly the QIP will directly benefit our patients in the present and the future.

“We already have a good working relationship with the Weston General Hospital palliative care team and our GPs and frequently discuss patients who are known to the hospice who may be in hospital or looked after by our community team if they are living at home.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to share our project with other hospices and other palliative care professionals at a national forum.”

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