Pal­lia­tive care ap­proach study

Liz joins Macmil­lan-backed team

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Lorna Thom­son

A key fig­ure has joined a project which could help shape ap­proaches to end of life care in the re­gion.

Liz Forsyth has been ap­pointed pal­lia­tive care lead on a 23-month pro­gramme de­vel­oped by Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port and Dumfries and Galloway Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship.

She said: “This is a tremen­dous chance to work with staff, pa­tients and car­ers to co de­sign a plan for pal­lia­tive, end-of-life and be­reave­ment care which is ef­fec­tive and ap­pro­pri­ate for our area.

“I’m aware how im­por­tant this work will be, as is ev­ery mem­ber of the project team – each of whom brings a raft of ex­pe­ri­ence as well as large net­works of con­tacts in all sec­tors.

“This will be a real as­set as we talk to peo­ple about what struc­tures are in place and what can be de­vel­oped to best serve Dumfries and Galloway.”

Macmil­lan are pro­vid­ing fund­ing of £340,000 for the new Macmil­lan Cancer and Pal­lia­tive Care Im­prove­ment Project which will in­clude sig­nif­i­cant en­gage- ment work in Dumfries and Galloway and be­yond.

The project has al­ready seen Stella Mil­son ap­pointed as cancer lead and Laura Gri­er­son the project sup­port of­fi­cer.

Set to be in­volved in the work around pal­lia­tive care, Liz Forsyth can draw on a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence from the vol­un­tary sec­tor, lo­cal au­thor­ity and NHS.

Roles have in­cluded work­ing for com­mu­nity learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment and serv­ing as a project co-or­di­na­tor sup­port­ing low­in­come fam­i­lies back into ed­u­ca­tion, jobs and train­ing.

Liz worked in the health im­prove­ment team in Annan as a com­mu­nity health de­vel­op­ment worker be­fore tak­ing on her most recent role as a project man­ager with the lo­cal­ity man­age­ment team in An­nan­dale and Eskdale.

She has pre­vi­ously worked with car­ers and clin­i­cians who are de­liv­er­ing pal­lia­tive care and peo­ple in re­ceipt of that care.

Liz added: “This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with peo­ple, map ser­vices and sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of fu­ture path­ways for care and treat­ment.

“We’ll be work­ing to make sure com­mu­ni­ties can voice what’s im­por­tant to them, help­ing to ad­dress mis­con­cep­tions that pal­lia­tive and end-of-life care are the same thing, and look­ing to de­velop mean­ing­ful, pro­duc­tive con­ver­sa­tions.”

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in con­tribut­ing to the work of the project is asked to con­tact Laura Gri­er­son by email­ing dg.MiP @nhs.net or by tele­phon­ing 01387 272725.

Con­ver­sa­tions Liz Forsyth

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