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Hospital receives international recognition for palliative care training

Good Hope Hospital has received international acclaim for its innovative training for staff providing end of life care to patients.

Consultant in palliative medicine, Dr Lisa Boulstridge was awarded third place in the International Educator of the Year category, at the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards 2013 for her work in developing training courses for staff at the Hospital’s simulation training centre.

Lisa and the simulation centre team have worked together over the last four years to develop training which uses sophisticated mannequin technology to create life-like scenarios for clinical staff to react to. This enables teams and individuals to develop and test their clinical skills in a safe and fully supported learning environment. Since its launch, the training has been taken up by hospital doctors and nurses; GP trainees and specialist palliative care teams working in hospices and community settings.

Dr Lisa Boulstridge, consultant in palliative medicine and clinical lead for palliative care, said: “I am very pleased that the collaborative work of the hospital palliative care team and the Hollier Simulation Centre has been recognised in this award.  We have worked hard over the last five years to develop palliative care within the hospital Trust.

“The Hollier Centre offers a fantastic training facility.  We aim to develop more courses to aid training in palliative care at the Trust in the future and are about to commence work on a research project in conjunction with the West Midlands Ambulance Service and Warwick University.”

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