2015 Results

IJPN Awards 2015 Results

The winners for the IJPN Awards were revealed at the awards ceremony on 14 September at the Honourable Artillery Company, London. Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists for 2015, a fantastic achievement


Educator of the Year Award       

1st Place - Beverley Clark, City Health Care Partnership    

Rather than deliver traditional 'prescriptive and set' teaching sessions generally associated with palliative care, Beverly Clark set up the End-of-Life Care Academy in Kingston-upon-Hull. Sessions that are provided have led to increased confidence and competence among nurses. Staff members that have attended the academy are engaged and enthused by their learning experiences. One nurse said: "It has strengthened my passion for palliative care, giving me the confidence to deliver a compassionate service.”

2nd Place - International Observatory of End of Life Care, Lancaster University

The International Observatory on End-of-Life Care Education Team at Lancaster University pioneered the development of an innovative doctoral programme in palliative care. This first PhD programme of its kind is based on a curriculum that enables nurses to improve their scholarship and research skills. The direct result of this multidisciplinary global learning network for palliative care nursing is a group of doctorally qualified nurses who can deliver evidence-based practice – helping the delivery of better palliative care.

3rd Place - Palliative Care Team, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Specialist Palliative Care Team identified gaps in education provision for staff that have contact with dying people and those identified as important to them. The team developed a range of innovative education and training opportunities, using a range of education methods and holds annual conferences to share practice and showcase excellent examples of improvements in care. By raising the profile of end-of-life care, the team has been able to influence induction and mandatory training for all staff within the Trust.


The Development Award            

1st Place - Batson Children's Hospital Palliative Care Team, University of Mississippi Medical Center

The US state of Mississippi regularly receives an “F” for access to palliative care. By attempting to meet the needs of infants and children with serious illness, the Batson Children's Hospital Palliative Care Team has evolved from a poorly understood and under-used consultation service, to become an integral part of the hospital. The team is educating the next generation of healthcare providers and has been granted accreditation for a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine.

2nd Place - Jean Levy, St Christophers Hospice

Over the last year Jean Levy has worked alongside 52 care home managers to help them set up robust audit systems. The number of homes in the audit means managers in each clinical commissioning group are able to learn together and from each other about the sorts of issues that can arise, as well as discovering what they can do better and what they are already doing very well within their individual homes. The Care Home Project Team has just negotiated additional funding from the Burdette Trust for Nursing to extend this audit by another year.

3rd Place - St Giles Walsall Hospice, Walsall Healthcare Trust and Walsall CCG

Hospices do not generally admit patients during out of hours and often work in isolation from the acute sector.Work carried out by St Giles Walsall Hospice allowed honorary contracts for NHS palliative care consultants to admit into the hospice and devised an admission pack for NHS palliative care consultants. As a result, there has been a reduction in the number of patients being seen acutely, reducing hospital stays and also offering an alternative place to receive care. It has enabled patients to receive and die in a place of their choice and has widened access to the hospice for patients. 


The Innovation Award

1st Place - Pauline Hatchard, Bridgewater Community Healthcare

As part of Pauline Hatchard’s dissertation project, she completed a qualitative study of 10 bereaved men, exploring how they coped following the death of their spouse or partner. This study found outcomes including isolation, which led to an increase in alcohol consumption, little interest in cooking and looking after themselves. The findings of this study were used as supporting evidence for a successful bid for approximately £500,000 of Department of Health money to build Men's Shed in Runcorn – a place where bereaved men will be supported by staff and gain a supportive and enjoyable experience.

2nd Place - Fiona Murphy, Salford Royal Foundation Trust     

The Royal Alliance Bereavement and Donor Service is a nurse-led practice across three large acute hospital trusts, with the purpose of providing end-of-life care. Fiona Murphy’s service re-educates staff in the care of the dying and dead to ensure that bereaved families are personally supported and the multi-professional team become empowered with the knowledge, skills - and most importantly - the confidence to tackle end-of-life care. This has led to 95% of deaths in the unit being expected, meaning end-of-life care can be planned.      

3rd Place - Pastoral Care Team, Thames Hospice

The Pastoral Care Team at Thames Hospice created the Sanctuary, a spiritual indoor and outdoor space, giving visitors somewhere to reflect, think, pray, or simply have some peace away from the inpatient unit. It is a state-of-the-art haven, dedicated to the spiritual wellbeing of patients, their families, staff and volunteers. Visitors speak of the "immediate calmness and warmth", the sense of being "uplifted" and a feeling of being "at home".


The Multidisciplinary Teamwork Award              

1st Place - Frimley Park Hospital Specialist Palliative and End of Life Care Team, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

The work carried out by the Frimley Park Hospital Specialist Palliative and End-of-Life Care Team was praised by the Care Quality Commission, which awarded the Trust an outstanding mark in September 2014. Split site consultant and registrar posts provide continuity, while dedicated occupational therapists and links with local Hospice at Home providers allow for rapid discharges. Many patients choose to remain at Frimley for its compassionate care and welcoming staff, and its facilities. 

2nd Place - Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Locala & Overgate.

Untimely verification of expected death was recognised as an issue of concern at Locala Community Partnerships. Instead of several organisations working independently, a unified training strategy and overarching policy was created, consisting of multidisciplinary team members across an acute hospital trust, a local hospice and a community health provider. 70 registered nurses have attended the training sessions so far, all of whom gained competency in verification of expected death.

3rd Place - Barnsley Oral Hygiene Steering Group (Tracy Forde, Ruth Lister, Suzanne Monks, Kath Steele & Katy Yockney)

The Specialist Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care Team had concerns regarding oral hygiene for those in the last days of life. The group produced posters and pocket guides to help guide care and to educate staff on evidence-based practice. An education programme has been devised and rolled out across the health and social care workforce, along with a programme within the local university. The guidance is empowering staff to challenge poor practice.




Service User/Carer/Volunteer of the Year Award

1st Place - Aditya Manna, Narikeldaha Prayas 

In developing countries, like India, the level of palliative care, especially terminal stage cancer care, is extremely low. In rural areas, only the rich can afford palliative care. However, Aditya Manna has reached the homes of the poorest, providing affordable palliative care. He has been leading his staff and colleagues of Narikeldaha PRAYAS, a non-profit-organisation. The organisation delivers palliative care to the doorsteps of West Bengal. Aditya has been able to offer patients affordable services in terms of medication, psychological, spiritual and physical support.


2nd Place - Sanesha Naicker, South Africa       

Sanesha Naicker from South Africa embarked on a research study as part of her master’s / doctorate project, which focused on young women with breast cancer. During the research, she encountered numerous stumbling blocks - walking the streets in remote villages alone, even facing death at one stage. With dedication and hard work, Sanesha’s work has helped improve healthcare in her country. She hopes to one day build her own clinic for the underprivileged and improve health promotion and care, patient advocacy and health awareness in South African communities and beyond. 

3rd Place - Dave Ackroyd, Thames Hospice

Thames Hospice cared for both Dave Ackroyd’s mum and dad as inpatients and at home via its Hospice at Home Team. Since the death of his mum, Dave has used his unique skills to support Thames Hospice. Dave helped launch the hospice’s lottery and is the "face" of its lottery campaign. He raises awareness publicly and motivates staff and volunteers internally. Despite being the creative director of his own company, Dave gives his time freely helping the hospice. He is committed to giving something back to the organisation, which cared for his family.




Palliative Care Nurse of the Year Award

1st Place - Theresa Richards, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Theresa Richards has successfully demonstrated the need for an innovative Macmillan Care Plan Facilitation Team in North Wales. She leads a team that influences provision of care indirectly through robust education programmes, all of which are evidence based. She proactively influences change across sectors and negotiates with a diverse range of stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes. Theresa has been a trailblazer to implement the highest standards of evidence-based end-of-life care, resulting in high quality care, as well as improved outcomes and experiences for patients and families

2nd Place - Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice     

Debbie Raven joined Thames Hospice in January 2013 as Director of Patient and Family Services. She has been at the forefront of change in referral criteria, which has led to an increase in bed occupancy on the inpatient unit from 64% in 2012 to 83% in 2014. Debbie has made a significant difference while working with members of the multidisciplinary team. There is now partnership working between three providers in the area. Debbie is driving the organisation to deliver effective, inclusive and holistic palliative care to the patient in any setting.   


3rd Place - Claire O'Neill, NHS GGC

Claire O’Neill has been the Regional West of Scotland lead for the Interventional Cancer Pain Service at Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre since April 2014. She nurtures team members and develops confidence where it is needed and gently challenges in a constructive manner. She is flexible to the needs of patients and carers, as well as other professionals. Claire truly works alongside each palliative care patient in the service, supporting them and their families in an individual way.




Researcher of the Year Award                  

1st Place - Clare Mc Veigh, Northern Ireland Hospice

Clare McVeigh’s research explored the perception of palliative care provision for people with non-malignant respiratory disease and their caregivers in rural and urban areas in Ireland. The outcomes of this study provide a critical first step in the development of more responsive palliative care, suggesting a potential model of care for this group of patients. It recommends the early integration of palliative care for patients with non-malignant respiratory disease and the involvement of specialist services when a patient's symptom management becomes complex.

2nd Place - Sheila Payne, 'Unpacking the home' team and International Observatory on End of Life Care         

 In the study into family carers’ reflections on dying at home, Sheila Payne investigated the experiences of bereaved family carers who had cared for an older person in the UK.  The study set out to help nurses improve care for dying patients and offer support to family carers. The first research of its kind, it uncovered the hidden, and often overlooked, pressures relatives face when caring for a person with a terminal illness.


3rd Place - Julie Kinley, St Christophers Hospice

Julie Kinley conducted two research studies, which offered a unique opportunity to examine outcomes as well as the process of change in 38 nursing care homes in south-east England. Her research showed that completion of the Gold Standards Framework in Care Homes programme was significantly influenced by the approach that was provided. While Action Learning was important, the implementation of the programme required an external facilitator who could mediate multi-layered learning at an organisational level and individual level.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Dame Judith Hill