Palliative & End of Life Care: Improving Provision to meet Increasing Demand
- 08:30 - 16:30
- Manchester Conference Centre
As a senior nurse, Sharon has dedicated herself to caring for others throughout her 40 years working in the NHS. Very soon after her retirement her husband, very sadly, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sharon's personal experience at the end of her husband’s life was difficult, which resulted in her being impelled to see what she could do to improve end of life care for others and lead her to joining the end of life group at her local hospital. Because of Sharon's experience of the cluttered environment, where she received bad news of her husband’s condition, she worked to regrade relatives rooms in a more non clinical way. In 2011 Sharon was invited to join the Cheshire and Merseyside Palliative and End of Life Strategic network and later joined the Peoples’ Voice Group which she has chaired for the past 3 years. In 2012, with the support of the networks Education Strategy Group, Sharon introduced a training programme to train volunteers to sit with patients who have no visitors. The service continues to go from strength to strength.