Innovation in Partnership Working

This award recognises the importance of innovation in collaborative partnerships between hospices and other services to reach more people and to deliver better outcomes for people at the end of life.

Innovation in Partnership Working winner

2019 Winner - St Mary's Hospice

One of the key aims aims of St Mary’s Hospice’s strategic plan is to increase the number of people it supports and to reach them earlier.

Last year it estimated that 150 people a year in Barrow in Furness were missing out on its care.

In Barrow, which is the largest town in the hospice’s catchment area, people die on average 10 years earlier than local populations, 61% of people over 65 have a life-limiting condition and many older people living alone and in poverty.

The hospice sought to reach out to more people through its new Living Well Centre in Barrow, which aimed to develop a supportive community for people living with advancing illness or dealing with bereavement.  It contacted a range of partner organisations, which supported people with neurological conditions, bereavement and stroke, to help expand the hospice’s reach.

By June they had eleven partners and had developed new activities such as a multi-agency Dementia Hub and are also planning a joint Christmas concert.

As a result of the partnership the hospice is currently reaching 300 people and anticipates this will increase to 400 by the end of this year.

What the judges said:

"The panel were excited to hear about the ways in which the Living Well Centre is connecting with other local groups that support people’s wellbeing, providing a ‘one-stop shop’ for the local community.  It was also great to hear about the plans to reach out to excluded communities too."

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