In October 2008 the Bradford and Airedale Palliative Care Coordination Service celebrated 15 years since its inception in September 1993. Its purpose was to take a lead in planning and developing integrated palliative care services for the residents of the Bradford and Airedale districts and to foster communication, coordination and cooperation between purchasers and providers.
The achievements are many and varied thanks to the dedication and hard work of representatives from the different teams providing both specialist and generalist palliative care. Key achievements include the development of a culture of cooperation and joint planning including the use of common district wide documentation; a website accessible to patients, carers and health care professionals; the coordination of bids seeking funding for new initiatives such as the GP facilitator and the Ethnic Liaison workers; the introduction of the patient’s electronic record sharing system and the provision of palliative care education and training at all levels.
The celebration event, which was held at the Ramada Jarvis Bankfield Hotel near Bingley, was combined with the re-launch of the Coordination Service as the Bradford and Airedale Palliative Care Managed Clinical Network. The new managed clinical network will continue to build on the success of the previous Coordination Service by linking groups of health professionals and organisations from primary, secondary and tertiary care working in a coordinated manner to ensure equitable provision of high quality and clinically effective palliative care services. The guest list at the event included health care professionals from all disciplines across the district as well as representatives from all the palliative care teams who will regularly contribute to the work of the network.
The evening began with a welcome address and presentation by Jo Coombs, Director of Nursing and Patient Care/Lead Commissioning Director for End of Life at the Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust.
Dr Mike Hughes, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Sue Ryder Care Manorlands Hospice and Airedale General Hospital then spoke about the history and achievements to date of the Coordination Service.
Pat Featherstone, Deputy Director for Vulnerable Groups at the tPCT then presented on the importance of world class commissioning in the provision of end of life care.
Dr Rosemary Lennard, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Marie Curie Centre and Bradford Hospitals then shared her vision of the future of palliative care.
The evening concluded with an excellent musical performance by Blue Manhattan.
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