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18 July 2014
The Bedfordshire PEPS was shortlisted for the End of Life category which Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) commissions to co-ordinate care for palliative patients who are in the last year of their life.
The service provides support to patients, helping them to live as well as they can and to die with dignity. Care is fully integrated to the patient’s needs to ensure a well-managed and responsive service for the individual.
Dr Fran Ross, clinical lead for urgent care at BCCG, said: “Congratulations to our teams at PEPS and Bedfordshire Clinical Commission Group who have worked in partnership to ensure the very best quality of care to those who are nearing the end of their life.
“Getting to the finals for an award of this nature at a national level recognises the calibre and hard work that has gone into delivering a service that is based on patient feedback and good patient outcomes. Despite not winning the award it was a great achievement for us to reach the top eight in this category.”
The End of Life category recognises health care organisations for:
The partnership includes the East of England Ambulance Service, local hospitals, community nursing teams, MacMillan nursing, hospices and many other services, and is available for all patients (cancer and non-cancer).
People wishing to refer to Bedfordshire PEPS will need to be registered with a Bedfordshire GP. An initial referral to the scheme may be made by the patient’s GP or another health or social care professional. Patients are also able to self-refer to the service. Once set up on the register, the patient and their family or carer will be advised how to access and use the PEPS Co-ordination Centre.
For more information, visit www.sueryder.org/PEPS or telephone 01767 641349 to speak to PEPS direct.
Andrew Allen, East of England
Tracy Haddock, lead nurse (PEPS)
Vivienne Tannis support worker (PEPS)
Rachael Houghton, Bedfordshire CCG
Judith Jacklson, PEPS service manager
Sarah Park, East of England Ambulance
Stephen Crawley, information analyst officer
Becky Lupton, community nurse practitioner
Suzanne Tebbert, hospice sister
Gillian Flory, staff nurse (PEPS)