Bedfordshire partnership reaches last eight for award

Beds PEPS service

A Bedfordshire partnership involving Trust staff reached the last eight for a prestigious National Patient Safety Award for the end of life category.

The Bedfordshire Partnership for Excellence in Palliative Support (PEPS), which co-ordinates care for palliative patients who are in the last year of their life, reached the top eight finalists at a ceremony  held in London last week.

The service provides support to patients, helping them to live as well as they can and to die with dignity. Care is fully integrated to the patient’s needs to ensure a well-managed and responsive service for the individual.

The partnership includes ourselves, local hospitals, community nursing teams, MacMillan nursing, hospices and the Trust and is available for all patients (cancer and non-cancer).

If you wish to refer a patient to Bedfordshire PEPS, they will need to be registered with a Bedfordshire GP or they can self-refer to the service. Once set up on the register, the patient and their family or carer will be advised how to access and use the PEPS Co-ordination Centre.

Between July 2013 and June 2014, 67% (610 patients) on the Bedfordshire PEPS register died at home. More information can be found at the Bedfordshire CCG website.

Published 28th July 2014 

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