Michael Howard Award

This award recognises the importance of innovation in collaborative partnerships between hospices and hospitals to enable more people to be cared for in their preferred place at the end of life.

Michael Howard award winner

2019 Winner - Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Working with its local acute hospital trust, Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH), Arthur Rank Hospice introduced a project to enable patients who are dying in hospital to have the option to die in the hospice.

It was aimed at patients who are unlikely to benefit from further treatment and whose needs were too complex to be supported at home, or in a care home.

The Arthur Rank Hospice Liaison Nurse met daily with the CUH’s palliative care team and reviewed patients to identify those suitable for transfer to a nurse-led bed in the hospice.

In its first year, this project enabled more than 250 people to be transferred from the acute trust to the hospice and it has saved the trust over 2,600 bed days.

The project has won several awards and the pilot was mentioned in the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports for both the hospice and the CUH’s palliative care team as an example of outstanding collaboration.

What the judges said:

"The project makes a measurable difference, can be scaled and replicated, has an innovative funding model ... and fits perfectly with Lord Howard’s vision of how hospices could make a difference!  He always believed that in-reach from hospice into hospitals was the answer - that led to the start of the HOLISTIC project.

“A really great example of innovation and partnership working which has a measurable impact on people’s experience of care at the end of life. It’s a model that I’m sure will be taken up in many other localities based on this learning."

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