Team improves end of life care

Macmillan social workers Heather Kent, Val Turtle, Nicola Brennan and Ian Coates.
Macmillan social workers Heather Kent, Val Turtle, Nicola Brennan and Ian Coates.
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A new team of specially trained social workers is providing end of life support for people in Northumberland.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, with funding from Macmillan Cancer Support, has appointed a team of four Macmillan social workers to support people with cancer and a range of life-limiting or long-term conditions.

Macmillan social workers Heather Kent, Val Turtle, Nicola Brennan and Iain Coates provide specialist help to enable people with complex care needs who are nearing the end of their life to access the specific care and support they and their loved ones need.

The aim is to improve the quality of life for the patient, their family and friends, by helping people get timely, joined up community support, with tailored health and social care plans which reflect the individual’s own wishes.

The team will also help to arrange and coordinate hospital discharges, helping people to spend more time at home or in their preferred place of care.

Vanessa Bainbridge, director of adult and community care services at Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “People nearing the end of their life can have complex and wide ranging care and support needs.

“The specially trained Macmillan social worker team is a valuable addition to our range of specialist end of life and palliative care services, providing support for people at such a sensitive and difficult time.”

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