Our Consultant Team
The medical team at NI Hospice consists of four consultants in Palliative Medicine; Dr Kiran Kaur, Dr Clare White, Dr Alan McPherson and Dr Brenda O’Connor). The medical team also has one specialty doctor (Dr Jenny Wilson), and three doctors in training.
The care in the hospice is overseen and directed by the consultants who are specially trained in pain management and symptom control, such as using medication to control nausea or breathlessness. They work closely with the hospice multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the care provided is of the highest possible standard.
The medical team talk with patients and their family about any questions or worries they have about their illness: questions relating to treatments, why they are feeling ill, what can be done to help or what to expect in the future. The medical team work in the inpatient unit, day hospice and provide advice and support to the community nursing teams. They also provide advice to other services, and are actively involved in educating other healthcare professionals in the provision of palliative care.
Our Nursing Team
The Nursing team in the adult In-Patient Unit comprises of healthcare assistants and staff nurses, led by nurse team leaders and our ward manager. The nursing team also includes housekeepers who are responsible for maintaining a high standard of cleanliness throughout our unit, keeping it comfortable and welcoming our ward clerk who is often the point of contact on the phone for many relatives. The nursing team at NI Hospice works closely with doctors, social workers and Allied Health Professionals as part of the multidisciplinary team to deliver individualized care which focuses on management of symptoms, to all patients.
They provide care 24 hours a day to patients and their families and encourage patients to be open with us and treat the IPU as a ‘home from home’, which is made easier by the single room facility. The nursing team are involved in every stage of the patient’s journey while they are in our care, from meal provision to personal care and multi-disciplinary discussion and planning.
Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists
Our Physiotherapists at Hospice focus on functional rehabilitation with the aim of maximising independence and quality of life for our patients. More specifically, their work may involve mobilisation, exercise prescription, respiratory care and non-pharmacological management of symptoms including breathlessness, pain and fatigue.
The physiotherapists in NIH also specialise in the management of lymphoedema (a chronic, incurable condition observed as swelling in the body tissues caused by failure of the lymphatic system). The role of the physiotherapist as part of the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is to create a holistic and person centred plan that acknowledges individual needs and works towards optimising a patient’s ability to function and their overall well-being.
Occupational Therapists (OTs)also work as part of the MDT. They aim to help people maintain their independence in activities of daily living (ADLs) for example bathing, dressing, cooking etc. Occupational therapists can also help people cope with emotional or psychological aspects of their condition e.g. anxiety, fatigue and memory problems. OTs assist people by:
• Assessment and provision of equipment for ADLs
• Home assessment e.g. access, ramps, stairs.
• Assessment of cognition
• Relaxation / anxiety management
• Fatigue management
• Falls Advice
• Pressure management / wheelchair provision / seating advice
• Creative use of leisure time