What clinical staff do you have?
- We have a bank of Registered General Nurses, all experienced in palliative nursing, and are steadily
building this up to meet increased demand. All nurses are paid for the hours they work at rates based on
- We now have a core team of four exceptionally experienced Nursing Co-ordinators who between them are the
control centre of our clinical operation (but also undertake hands-on nursing when not acting as Duty
- The Duty Nursing Co-ordinator typically holds our phone for 3-4 days at a time. She fields new referrals
from GPs and District Nurses, undertakes patient assessments and co-ordinates the deployment of our
nurses. She is also available round the clock to deal with any questions which arise.
- One of our Nursing Co-ordinators, Rosemary Clarke, is also our Nursing Manager and is responsible for
ensuring that all of our nursing and procedures fully meet the requirements of our registration body,
the Care Quality Commission. Rosemary therefore handles recruitment, training, clinical supervision and
procedures. She too also undertakes hands-on nursing when required.
- Finally, two of our Trustees are local GPs.
Which body are you registered with?
- We are required to be registered with the Care Quality Commission., who undertake periodic inspections
of our work.
- We have consistently received excellent feedback from the Commission when inspected against the
requirements of each of their core standards.
- At our most recent unannounced inspection we were especially commended on
the quality of the service provided and the volume of positive feedback we had received both from the
patients’ families and from the local District Nursing teams.
- If you wish to contact the CQC directly you can do so here:
How many patients are you nursing in a year?
- We are currently nursing between 80 and 90 individual patients a year. In some cases this is for a short time, but in others over longer periods, depending on need.
Why is the demand so high?
- The number of patients wishing to die at home appears to be markedly increasing. The NHS is simply not resourced to provide nurses able to stay with patients. Our rural location also makes it hard for national charities to provide sufficient coverage. So there is a serious gap in provision.
Why is Kate’s Home Nursing best-placed to fill this gap in provision?
- As a locally-based charity, operating within a tightly-defined area, we have developed a strong reputation for the efficient way in which our Nursing Co-ordinators are able to accept referrals from local GPs or District Nurses and build on the patient care plans they draw up.
- Because we undertake our own assessments of patients’ needs and control our own resources, we are able to make rapid decisions and implement them without delay when urgent support is needed.
- This may involve one our bank of Registered Nurses undertaking day or night nursing sessions to ensure that the patient is given the best-possible pain and symptom control, and to provide support for their family at what is unavoidably a very stressful time for them.
- We take a truly holistic approach, which maintains the patient and their family at the centre of any decisions about their care. We ensure that all our clinical staff receive regular training and we attend regional and national events in order to keep up with the latest developments in palliative care.
- We also have built up a strong reputation for the way in which we dovetail our own nursing input with that provided by the NHS, palliative care charities and commercial agencies.
- The excellence of our work received national recognition in the 2010 Great British Care Awards. We won the Regional Award for best Home Care team, and went on to win the overall National Award in that category as well: a considerable achievement for a relatively small local charity.
- However, the strongest recommendation comes in the form of the letters of thanks we receive from the families of patients we have nursed. They know at first hand how our dedicated Nurses and Nursing Co-ordinators go many an extra mile to get the best care for the patient and to support their families.
Isn’t this impossibly expensive for a local charity?
- It has been a challenge handling the increase in demand, but we have managed this to date thanks to keeping our costs down and to the wonderful support from the local community.
- All of our Trustees and Fundraisers work as unpaid volunteers. Between them they bring a wide range of professional skills into the charity, and all at no cost!
So how much does it cost each year?
- We spent just over £290,000 in the Financial Year ending in March 2016 and expect this to rise in the current Financial Year.
- We expect to receive about 25% of our outgoings in grants or other payments from NHS sources. So this year we may need to raise some £225,000 from our own fundraising and from the generosity of donors and people who fundraise for us. This is a considerable challenge, even with the wonderful support we receive from so many local people and businesses.
What can I do to help?
- There are several ways in which you can support our work. Do get in touch if you would like to discuss these with us.
- If you wish to make a donation, please visit the Donations page on this website
- If possible, please consider Gift Aiding your donation. This enables us to claim a further 25% from HM
Revenue & Customs.
- You might wish to consider leaving a legacy in your will so that we can help other people
- If you are organising a funeral or memorial service, you could consider nominating Kate’s to receive all
or part of the collection from those attending. We can provide Gift Aid envelopes.
- Or just come to one of our concerts or other fundraising events. See details on our homepage.
How do I get in touch?
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