Pioneering partnership for patient care

Palliative care consultant Katie Frew (back row second left) with modern matron Michele McKidd and the nurse liaison team part of MarieCurie@Northumbria.
Palliative care consultant Katie Frew (back row second left) with modern matron Michele McKidd and the nurse liaison team part of MarieCurie@Northumbria.
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A pioneering health partnership aims to provide better care for terminally ill patients in Northumberland.

Charity Marie Curie has teamed up with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to deliver high quality palliative and end-of-life care.

The Marie Curie @ Northumbria service will ensure patients have personalised support and aims to increase the number of people being cared for in their place of choice. It also seeks to improve co-ordination of care between hospital and community-based services.

Trust Head of Service for Palliative Care Dr Paul Paes said: “We believe this is a unique partnership and the first of its kind in the country. It is a truly integrated and jointly managed, jointly funded and jointly badged service, bringing the NHS and the voluntary sector together.”

A modern matron has been recruited, and a team of nurses appointed to expand hospital liaison services. Later this year a community team will be set up to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.