Consultant will drive palliative care development

Caroline Barry, Palliative Care Consultant, has been appointed as the managing director of the newly-established Palliative Care Provider Collaborative, linking our hospital with Norfolk Community Health and Care (NCH&C) and the Priscilla Bacon Hospice (PBL).

The role will involve creating a framework of collaboration across existing services and leading the service developments needed to further improve patient and carer experience. Caroline will also co-ordinate plans to maximise the opportunities afforded by the new purpose-built Priscilla Bacon Lodge, opening in late summer 2023.

“It is a hugely exciting time to be taking on this role, which will encompass not just clinical services but also how we further develop our education, training and research offer in palliative care,” said Caroline.

“We know that we have work to do to ensure that all patients approaching the end of life can access the care they need in an equitable and sustainable way and I am looking forward to the opportunity of working more closely with colleagues from NCH&C, Priscilla Bacon Hospice Charity and volunteers, alongside our own existing outstanding palliative care teams, to address these challenges.”

Sandra Dinneen, Chair of the Collaborative added: “We already have a great sense of cross organisation working and, with Caroline at the helm, we are confident that this will go from strength to strength, driving forward the development and delivery of palliative care services and support across central Norfolk.”

Caroline has been Service Director for palliative medicine since 2020 and oversaw the integration of medical teams across our hospital, PBL and community palliative care services.

Alongside her new role, she will continue to work as Co-Director and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of the Norfolk Motor Neurone Disease Care and Research Network.

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