A charitable trust is set to continue its funding of a nurse practitioner at Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool.
The backing from the Ballinger Trust for a second year will fund the post until December this year.
The hospice currently employs two nurse practitioners, and both were thrilled to hear the news.
A hospice spokesman described the support of The Ballinger Trust for a second year as fantastic.
Nurse practitioner Lindsey Thornhill explained the difference that her role made to patients.
“I have worked at the hospice for a long time but in the last three years I have trained and practiced as a nurse practitioner.
My greatest satisfaction is helping people smile through their tears and embrace every moment of their futureLindsey Thornhill
“I am fully involved with patient care and have the privilege of ensuring that every single patient is treated with compassion and dignity when in our care. I spend time with patients to reflect on their life and helpthem draw meaning from their experiences when sometimes everything seems so sad and lost.
“My greatest satisfaction is helping people smile through their tears and embrace every moment of their future. I also take on many of the roles of medical staff to ensure a nursing emphasis on what is often very complex care.”
Lindsey is also involved in training and education and said: “It is really important that all of our staff are trained to the highest standards so patients receive care that is safe and up to date. I do this by mentoring them personally, ensuring they have appropriate training and mentorship from other nurses and through teaching in the classroom. I develop training programmes and roll them out to other care providers.”
Lindsey added: “I manage some of our services and many of the staff. When we opened the long term unit, it became my responsibility to ensure that the right patients were able to access these beds.”
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