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Improving Environments for Care at End of Life: Lessons from eight UK pilot sites is free to download from our website.
The successful applicants whose projects will be taken forward are: East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust; Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust; Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundaton Trust; Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust; Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust; Shropshire County Primary Care Trust; South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust; Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust; Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust; Newham University Hospital NHS Trust; North Bristol NHS Trust; Portsmouth City PCT; Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust; Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; HMP Albany, Isle of Wight.
There were three times as many applicants to this scheme as there were places. There is at least one project within each of the 10 strategic health authorities.
The Enhancing the Healing Environmentscheme has had a dramatic impact on patients and professionals since the King’s Fund launched the programme in 2001. So far more than 150 NHS organisations including acute hospitals, mental health trusts, learning disability services and primary care trusts have transformed the environments in which they deliver care to patients. Further information about the Enhancing the Healing Environment scheme can be found on the King’s Fund’s Enhancing the Healing Environment project page, including information on evaluation and outcomes of the programme from 2003 and 2006.
An independent evaluation of the scheme conducted by researchers at South Bank University in 2003 revealed significant long-term benefits from the programme, including: the potential to reduce aggressive behaviour by patients and relatives towards staff; improvements in staff recruitment and retention rates; faster recuperation rates for patients; reductions in vandalism.
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