Sant Andreu Salut is undertaking a pioneering initiative in holistic attention to palliative care, end-of-life assistance, and grief support. To aid the development of this innovative focus, the foundation’s team visited well-established healthcare and hospice facilities in London and Watford for training and best praxis exchange. This trip aimed to gain insight and inspiration to improve their practices and organization of services.
A small group of professionals from Sant Andreu Salut had the opportunity to visit three different centers in England: the North London Hospice, the Bart Maggie’s Centre, and the Peace Rennie Grove Hospice in Watford.
These visits allowed us to gain firsthand insights into the operations and care projects of specialized palliative care centers. Our professionals also learned from their best practices in community engagement and fundraising experiences.
One of the key takeaways from this experience was the integrated management of palliative care implemented in these centers, encompassing in-patient units, home care, and remote on-call assistance. This comprehensive approach not only enhances the quality of life and support for individuals receiving care but also aids non-specialist healthcare professionals in providing guidance and training.
Another noteworthy aspect of the visit was the pivotal role played by fundraising & communication departments in these centers, raising several million pounds each year to ensure that services remain free for patients and their families. This fundraising enables the maintenance of a high standard of care and the expansion of available services.
As Sant Andreu Salut, we would like to thank heartfully the kindness, warmth, and generosity of the teams at North London Hospice and Peace Rennie Grove Hospice Care, who shared generously with us valuable time, thoughts, and experience.
Sant Andreu Salut is committed to continuing its ongoing improvement in palliative care and applying the lessons learned from this visit to its mission of providing comprehensive support to patients and their families during these challenging times.
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