The county-wide team of carers involved in supporting terminally ill people in Cornwall has won a prestigious award. The Excellence and Innovation in Clinical Teaching Team Award was voted for by students at the University of Exeter Medical School.

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The award was voted for by students who have been on placement with the palliative care teams in Cornwall, covering work in the community, at the acute hospital and at Cornwall Hospice Care. The citation reflected their appreciation;

“Staff made us feel very welcome on placements, it was well organised and well structured. We received excellent teaching about all different aspects of death and dying and palliative care. We were involved on placement, knew exactly what was expected of us and felt a valued member of the team. All the doctors were fantastic examples to us, especially in terms of their communication skills. They made time for us even when they had lots on themselves.”

A collective win

The award was received by Andy Shury, Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurse, based in Camborne, and Doctors Deborah Stevens, Jane Gibbins and Kirsty Scott from Cornwall Hospice Care. They accepted it on behalf of all palliative care teams across the county.      Dr Stevens says it was a real honour;

“It was particularly special as the students themselves had voted for us to receive this award. It highlights the importance of our work supporting the health care providers of the future and promoting the value of the work being done to ensure the best possible end of life care for patients in Cornwall. It’s good to know we are making a difference to the students and ensuring they are aware of what’s involved in palliative care. It means they will start their medical careers better briefed on this specialist area and aware of its importance to terminally ill patients and their families.

The award also reflects the many ways in which Cornwall provides for terminally ill people and recognises both our charity and those NHS staff we work alongside when it comes to end of life care.”

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows (from left to right), Dr Kirsty Scott of Cornwall Hospice Care,       Dr Deborah Stevens Medical Director at Cornwall Hospice Care, Andy Shury, Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurse from Camborne, Dr Clive Ballard Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean at the University of Exeter Medical School and Dr Jane Gibbins from Cornwall Hospice Care. The photograph is kindly provided by the University of Exeter Medical School.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email tthomas@cornwallhospice.co.uk

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