Introduction In 2015 in Cyprus a family member became unwell and needed medical assistance, which led to a palliative care nurse crossing paths with a Cypriot Hospice.
An extended invitation to come and visit the hospice, meet the staff and talk about the role of a palliative care nurse working in the UK. This resulted in a request to develop formalised education programme and to return to Cyprus to provide teaching on end-of-life issues, communication and symptom control. This has resulted in ongoing teaching collaboration.
To offer training to the multidisciplinary team on end of life issues, communication and symptom control issues through modelling, sharing skills and knowledge
Sharing good practice
Offering peer support
Sharing our experiences with staff and volunteers working at a Cypriot hospice and within our own UK hospice
Empowering the Cypriot nurses through up to date knowledge on issues in palliative care.
Communication via skype and regular email contact
A fact finding mission
Delivery of tailored teaching programmes on end of life issues, communication and symptom control issues to the hospice nurses and doctors in Cyprus
Two Cypriot nurses released to shadow colleagues working in the UK hospice. They will then cascade the knowledge, skills and experience they have gained when they return to Cyprus.
Positive feedback from the doctors and nurses on the benefits of the teaching and impact on care delivery
A rolling rota planned for the Cypriot nurses to come over and gain experience of working alongside our nurses
Ongoing collaboration between the two hospices
Awareness and respect for the cultural and economic differences in end-of-life care delivery
Learning and sharing of experience for UK nurses of the challenges within other healthcare settings.
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