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DPT Charity supports Belvedere Ward with end of life training from Hospiscare

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Charity, News on 10th August, 2022

DPT Charity logoThanks to our DPT Charity, over the next year, staff from the charity Hospiscare, will undertake a series of planned visits to Belvedere Ward, the organisation's inpatient service at Franklyn Hospital in Exeter for people who are experiencing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Hospiscare staff will be reviewing patients who are approaching end of life and providing support and guidance for nursing and medical staff.

Belvedere staff have already benefitted from two study days provided by Hospiscare to help them refresh and improve their skills in caring for patients who are at end of life. Here’s what members of staff have said about this opportunity being provided by the DPT Charity:

A Health Care Assistant said: “The training has really built my confidence when caring for patients at end of life. It has helped me to recognise early signs as well as where to start preparing a patient’s future according to their wishes. Being on the OT team, it has made me realise how important a therapeutic approach is at end of life, how it can make a real difference to the patient, and can help deal with fear and pain. The real focus is the patient and their last wishes to help make everything go smoothly. Most importantly, we shouldn't be worried about talking about death – we should be able to discuss it with our patients to make sure we can meet people’s future wishes.”

An Occupational Therapy Assistant said: “I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity you gave me to attend the Hospiscare training – I felt privileged to be included. The training was an eye-opening, thought-provoking experience, which delivered a wealth of useful information that will be of benefit when attending to those patients who are nearing the end of their lives. Having the opportunity to listen to a skilled, experienced team of people who work alongside those requiring palliative care enabled me to consider ways in which I may more sensitively respond and react. When providing compassionate, relevant care to a person nearing end of life, we are able to contribute to them having a "good death" and help their families form positive memories at a time when they need the most support.”

The DPT Charity exists to meet the wishes of patients, carers and employees of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. With access to charitable funds, our staff can go the ‘extra mile’ in helping people with mental health and learning disability needs, providing something above and beyond what the NHS already funds.

For more information, or to find out how you can support DPT Charity, please email Daniel Robson, Head of Charity Fundraising at daniel.robson3@nhs.net.

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