Palliative care is an important area of funding activity for The Foundation.
'Palliative Care improves the quality of life for patients and families who face life-threatening illness, by providing pain and symptom relief, spiritual and psychosocial support from diagnosis to the end of life and bereavement.' World Health Organisation 2013
Awards are made in this category across the UK and generally range in value from £5,000-£20,000. The usual term of a palliative care award is 12 months.
Since its inception, the Foundation has made grants to adult and children's hospices across the UK, totalling £2,449,742 since 2005.
These are some examples of palliative care awards made by the Foundation:
St Peter's Hospice has been supported with funding to expand its Access Team, benefitting patients across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset and improving the triage time of new patients to less than one day from referral.
The Foundation has supported a new Paediatric Palliative Care Nurse to be based at Julia's House in Wiltshire, to enable the service to reach more children across North Wiltshire and provide frequent, tailored care in their own homes.
The Foundation is currently funding an in house Paediatric Palliative Care Nurse based at Charlton Farm for Children's Hospice South West; the post is providing vital support in term of clinical care as well as training nurses and doctors at the Bristol Royal Children's Hospital in advanced palliative care.
The Foundation has provided support for an in-house physiotherapy service at
Hartlepool and District Hospice to help patients cope better at home with movement and prevent infections such as bed sores.
The Foundation has contributed towards the development of an in-house training course in advanced Clinical History taking and Physical Examination for its clinical nurse specialists at
St Wilfred's Hospice in Sussex. The course has been delivered and evaluated and this training is being made available to other hospices in the locality.