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New End of Life Support Service Launched

New End of Life Support Service Launched

Date of release: 26 February 2021

A new end of life support service for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) patients and their families has been launched thanks to charity funding.

The project, delivered in partnership between Compton Care and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity (RWT), will provide support to BAME patients living with complex and incurable illnesses.

The post has been funded by NHS Charities Together COVID-19 appeal – which Captain Sir Tom Moore raised an incredible £33 million for.

Part of the project involves recruiting a BAME support worker, to work at New Cross Hospital, and work directly with patients and their families to help them access the relevant end of life services.

Marianne Grant, Partnership Development Manager at Compton Care said: “This two year project is going to give BAME patients and their families an improved level of access to our services, so we’re pleased to be working alongside RWT to make it happen. 

“The aim is that RWT will identify patients who might not be known to Compton Care and our newly-appointed BAME support worker will be able to provide support and guidance to the patient and their family. This support will improve their access to services at Compton Care and in the community. 

“They will also support the process of creating an Advance Care Plan (ACP) which will help them plan for the future while facing an incurable condition and think about funeral arrangements.  

“The amount of money we have received is really significant considering how hard Compton Care has been hit financially due to COVID-19 and will ensure that those from BAME communities and end of life, two very vulnerable and marginalised groups, will receive the support they need.” 

Leanne Bood, Fundraising Co-ordinator for RWT charity, said: “This project is a brilliant example of the collaborative working of the NHS Charities within the Black Country and West Birmingham.  

“We are grateful to NHS Charities Together for this grant as it will enable us to better support patients and families at such a difficult time.

“We looking forward to further strengthening our ongoing partnership with Compton Care”

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Notes to Editor

  • In 2019, Compton Care carried out a study to understand the views and opinions of palliative and end of life care in the South Asian community. The study, which captured the views of 596 people from a range of backgrounds, identified several issues that act as a barrier for South Asian individuals to access this type of care, including language and cultural barriers and stigma.

  • In response to the findings Compton Care recruited a temporary South Asian Community Engagement Worker, produced culturally appropriate literature and began to offer family-centred care and volunteer champions and befrienders within the local community.

  • Compton Care also has an established network of partners who have an active role in the care of palliative patients. Partners include GPs, District Nurses, local CCGs, care homes, voluntary groups and other charities. The BAME Support Worker will continue to use, nurture and engage these relationships whilst growing new networks to support BAME patients and communities as necessary.  This will include awareness sessions and education of healthcare and partner staff into the problems vulnerable and marginalised groups face.

  • For further information, please email Amy Downward at amy.downward@nhs.net
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