Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) at Royal Derby Hospital has become only the second department in the Trust to be awarded with both Nursing and Medical accreditation for End of Life Care ward accreditation.
MAU has achieved dual accreditation after working with the End of Life Team over the past six months, and were presented with their awards this week by Karen Bussooa, End of Life Facilitator, and Dr Claudia Whale, Associate Clinical Director of Palliative Care.
Amanda Beard, Sister on MAU, said: “It’s an amazing feeling to have been awarded this accreditation. It’s taken a lot of hard work but it’s all been worth it and we’re a very proud unit.”
Over the course of the last six months, the team on MAU have completed training modules, as well as implementing their own, and held interviews with the End of Life Care Team in order to achieve their accreditation.
Sister Beard said that the team’s experiences of end of life care have helped to shape how they offer palliative care: “We’ve all had an experience with people that we love who have unfortunately passed award and you carry those experiences with you, whether they’re negative or positive.
“People don’t think of MAU when they think of end of life care. We try to make people better but if we can’t, it’s so important that we make our patients feel as comfortable as possible and make sure they retain their dignity to the end.
“It’s all about providing the personal touch and going that extra mile to ensure the best patient experience possible.”
Karen Bussooa, End of Life Facilitator, said: “This is a real achievement for the whole team in MAU. The team always use our ‘pop-up bedrooms’, issue families with bereavement packs and really go above and beyond.
“They are setting a really good example, especially as an acute unit, and it’s been a pleasure working with them. I’m really proud of them.”
There are currently seven other areas which have also achieved Nursing accreditation for End of Life Care, and those are:
- Coranary Care Unit
- Ward 301
- Ward 302
- Ward 303
- Ward 313
- Ward 405
- Ward 408
At present, Ward 402, 403 and 404 are going through the Nursing accreditation.