St Christopher’s had two shortlisted finalists in the awards; Julie Kinley for Researcher of the Year and Jean Levy for the Development Award.
The annual International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards are designed to celebrate achievement and excellence in palliative care. This year there were a record number of entries so there was stiff competition, and a shortlist of three finalists in each category were invited to attend the evening ceremony at the Honourable Armouries House, City of London. The event was sponsored by MacMillan Cancer Support.
Each anonymised award entry was assessed by a panel of seven judges. The judges this year included two editors from the IJPN as well as senior clinicians and academics. They paid particular attention to initiative and enterprise, as well as placing high priority on patient care. Jean Levy and Julie Kinley were delighted to have each been recognised for their work in the following categories:
This award is for the development of new approaches in palliative care, and the difference they have made. The St Christopher’s entry was for the Family Perception of Care Audit, which has established a system for monitoring the quality of care provided by care homes in its catchment area, using the views of bereaved relatives. The Care Home Project team supports the homes to become more confident in providing end of life care, and the audit helps to highlight areas that may need more improvement as well as showing how much people have appreciated the good care received. Jean Levy was awarded Second Prize in this category.
Researcher of the Year
This category recognises individuals and teams that have carried out high quality qualitative or quantitative research that has provided up to date and/or new evidence about an area of palliative care. The results of the research can be used to inform best practice. Julie Kinley was awarded Third Prize in this category for her study which was an in-depth examination of how best to implement the introduction of an accredited end of life care program into care homes. This research study formed the basis of Julie’s PhD thesis, and she has also achieved second prize for the Early Researcher award by the European Association for Palliative Care.