Our office is in the running for the ‘HRH The Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care’. This is a special award and is being presented to reward nurses whose work is reducing the burden on the health service by preventing ill-health and/or offering truly holistic care to patients who have long-term conditions or complex needs.
We have been shortlisted alongside Chester University’s Faculty of Health & Social Care and Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, with whom we have collaborated to give student nurses first-hand experience of domiciliary care. The nurses are shadowing our experienced CAREGiving team and are gaining a greater understanding of how patients live independently once they have been discharged from hospital.
Catharine commented, “We aim to change the face of ageing by delivering bespoke care to people at home, and the project teaches healthcare professionals that the right care in a home setting is hugely valuable. By providing good care, patients have a better transition and outcomes once they have returned home.”
Valerie Ebrahimi, an academic from the University of Chester said of the project, “This is a long-term project and the benefits are potentially huge. Students will gain lifelong knowledge and understanding of the social care sector. Qualified nurses will gain insight into the re-ablement of individuals, particularly the elderly.”
We are looking forward to attending the prestigious Nursing Times Awards in November when the winners will be announced.