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IOW NHS Trust ‘extremely proud’ of the End of Life Care service being shortlisted for Nursing Times Awards

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IOW NHS Trust ‘extremely proud’ of the End of Life Care service being shortlisted for Nursing Times Awards
25 August 2020

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for two categories in this year’s Nursing Times Awards.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Nursing Times Awards and is an exciting opportunity to promote the hard work and the dedication of the nursing profession everywhere.  This year in particular there have been more nominations than ever due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

The Trust has been shortlisted in the ‘Enhancing Patient Dignity’ category for the opening of the Wellow Unit and the end of life care provided.

Shane Moody, Clinical Director and Consultant Nurse for End of Life Care has been shortlisted for the ‘Nurse Leader of the Year’ category.

In February the IOW NHS Trust opened Wellow Unit, a three-bed End of Life Care Unit to help support people as they approach the end of their lives.

The End of Life service, led by Shane Moody, has improved a huge amount in the last couple of years and the Care Quality Commission found examples of outstanding practice and rated the service Good overall.

Alice Webster, Director of Nursing said “We are extremely proud of the Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care Team, Wellow Unit staff  and Shane for being shortlisted. 

“Supporting people as they enter the final days and hours of their lives is such an important role and having Shane and the staff on Wellow Unit be recognised for their hard work and dedication in creating a peaceful and dignified environment for patients and their families is humbling.

“The team very much deserve this and we are looking forward to the winner being announced this autumn.”

The Trust has focused on improving the experience for both the patients and their loved ones,  striving for  memories of a loved one's death to be as positive as was possible given the circumstances. The environment for this is key, ensuring that patients pass away with dignity and families have lasting memories of a good death.

Shane Moody said: “I am very humbled to have been nominated and shortlisted for this year’s Nursing Times Nurse Leader of the Year award. Just to get to this shortlist is an achievement in itself. I have been privileged to have held many leadership roles within the Isle of Wight NHS Trust over my 23 years in the organisation within Nursing and General Management. I always lead with the patient and staff needs in mind to ensure the best outcomes can be achieved, at times this has tested my skills of negotiation and influence and at times required some tenacity! 

“During  this time I have worked with some great teams and services and worked with many inspirational and patient focused individuals. I am proud of the  team on Wellow Unit who have also been nominated and shortlisted for a Nursing Times award for enhancing patient dignity. Wellow Unit is still a pilot end of life care unit and in a matter of just a few months have been able to demonstrate delivery of consistent high standards of compassionate care to patients that are dying and their families.”

A family member whose loved one passed away in the Wellow Unit shared their experience: “The care Grandma has received here on Wellow Ward has been second to none. The staff have been so caring towards her and looked after us as a family too.  The ward is lovely, friendly and the professional staff have made an awful time bearable and Grandma passed peacefully away with dignity and with immense respect.”

The Nursing Times Awards recognise those making nursing an innovative, patient-focused and inclusive profession. The winners of the 30th Nursing Times Awards will be announced on Wednesday 14 October 2020.

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