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News: Local NHS team nominated for national award

Local NHS team nominated for national award

A team that gives dedicated specialist support to patients with progressive neurological conditions in Northamptonshire has been nominated for a BMJ (British Medical Journal) award.

The Palliative Neurology Service is part of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and supports patients across the county at both Cransley Hospice and Cynthia Spencer Hospice. The team supports patients with progressive neurological conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease.

Before the team was established patients were receiving the news of their diagnosis with no sign of cure or treatment and were facing the prospect of progressive physical deterioration without dedicated specialist support.

Patients referred to the service are reviewed (usually within a week) by either a doctor or a therapist. The team then work closely with other professionals, including dietitians, speech and language therapists, respiratory physicians and neurologists to provide the best possible support to their patients. The service has improved the quality of life of patients and has increased the number of patients who are able to achieve their desired place of care.

Bhavyang Acharya, consultant in palliative care, said: “We are delighted that our team has been recognised by the BMJ awards in the Palliative Care category. We are a dedicated team who are committed to offering our patients quality care. Nomination and recognition of our team portrays the positive impact and contribution that we have been able to make to patient care.”

Head of service development for both Cransley and Cynthia Spencer Hospices, Angela Howe commented on the nomination: “This recognition serves to validate the hard work and commitment shown by the Palliative Neurology Team in the specialist multidisciplinary support they provide for patients who have progressive neurological diseases and their families.

“The care, much of which is provided by the Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist staff  based at Cynthia Spencer and Cransley Hospices, aims to maximise patients’ quality of life, functional ability and independence for as long as possible. The team is significantly funded by both Hospice charities at a cost of approximately £137,630 per annum so ensuring the funds to keep this service going is vital.  If you would like to support the work of the Palliative Neurology Team your donation would be very much appreciated. Please contact the Cynthia Spencer Fundraising team on 01604 678086 or Cransley’s Fundraising team on 01536 527407 if you would like to help.”

For more information about supporting palliative care services in Northamptonshire visit the websites for either Cransley Hospice or Cynthia Spencer Hospice

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