Hospice is outstanding in giving students experience

Staff involved in the placement of students of nursing and allied professions who gain outstanding experience from working  with experts at the hospice.
Staff involved in the placement of students of nursing and allied professions who gain outstanding experience from working with experts at the hospice.

Excellent student experience is assured at Katharine House Hospice – and that’s official.

The hospice in Adderbury has won not one but two prestigious awards for the quality and value of its work placements for nursing and allied health profession students.

As well as winning the Thames Valley region award, Katharine House Hospice was named overall winner for outstanding placement experience out of 63 nominated placement partners.

The Placement of the Year awards celebrate excellence in student placement provision by health and social care providers.

Students from London, Health Education South West and Health Education Thames Valley nominated their placement partners for awards, with criteria including quality of care, support for students and quality of learning opportunities.

Katharine House Hospice’s director of nursing, Bernadette Ross, said: “Katharine House has always had education as a cornerstone of its activity. About ten years ago we decided to offer some more structured opportunities for students, through collaboration with Oxford Brookes University. We always enjoy seeing the students learn and grow but we also value their inquisitiveness and the experience that they bring from other environments.

“I am truly thrilled that the team has received these awards,” she said.

“ I believe that they reflect the professional, encouraging and supportive work of the mentors and of the whole team at Katharine House who work so hard to welcome, include and inform the students about the needs and care of patients and their families.”

The award confirms the hospice as a centre of excellence in delivering outstanding palliative care across north Oxfordshire, south Warwickshire and south Northamptonshire and high quality educational and learning opportunities.

Katharine House provides specialist care to patients with life-limiting illness and bereavement support for their families. It cares for more than 700 patients a year, and all services are free of charge.