Palliative care approach study
Liz joins Macmillan-backed team
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.
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