Nurses have nothing but praise for Hartlepool’s hospice links to a university

Lucy Smith, right, senior manager clinical services with registered nurse Katherine Inch.
Lucy Smith, right, senior manager clinical services with registered nurse Katherine Inch.

A link-up between Hartlepool & District Hospice and Teesside University is paying dividends.

The partnership aims to support the training needs of future nursing staff.

Often student nurses will leave feedback after a placement and it is surprising how many say they didn’t realise the depth of care that the Hospice offers and how they feel the placement has given them lifelong skills.

Lucy Smith, Senior Manager Clinical Services at the hospice

Hospice chiefs say it is essential that Registered Nurses have a sound knowledge and understanding of the key principles of palliative care.

The link also shows nurses how to best support patients to improve their quality of life, support their families, and care for patients during their last few days of life.

Lucy Smith, Senior Manager Clinical Services at the hospice, said: “Often student nurses will leave feedback after a placement and it is surprising how many say they didn’t realise the depth of care that the Hospice offers and how they feel the placement has given them lifelong skills.

Many have gone on to complete their training and, once graduated, returned to the hospice.