West Lothian Palliative Care Team nominated for Marie Curie award for work with the terminally ill


The West Lothian Community Care team and an Edinburgh nurse have both been recognised for their work with people living with a terminal illness by being nominated for two awards at Marie Curie’s annual Peacock Awards, which take place at the British Museum, London, on 22 November.

The West Lothian Community Palliative Care Team based at the Macmillan Centre, in St John’s Hospital, Livingston have been nominated for the ‘Innovation’ award. The service was launched in February 2014 with Marie Curie, NHS Lothian and Macmillan Cancer Support working together in West Lothian to provide specialist palliative care services for people with any advanced, progressive and incurable illness, and their families. The team links into the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh where the second nominee is based.

Libby Milton has been nominated in the ‘Nurse Leadership’ category. She has played a key role over the last 18 months, in particular leading the expansion of the community services as part of the hospice redesign initiative.

The Peacock Awards, now in their fourth year, give Marie Curie a unique opportunity to showcase the excellent care and innovation demonstrated by staff across the charity. It celebrates both teams and individuals who are nominated by their colleagues for consistently showing commitment to delivering the best care to people living with terminal illness and support for their loved ones. 

The awards are named after the Peacock Charitable Trust which is a long-standing and generous supporter of Marie Curie. The Peacock Charitable Trust is passionate about nursing care and, in collaboration with Marie Curie, wanted to find a way to recognise staff who provided exceptional nursing care.

Dee Sissons, Director of Nursing at Marie Curie, says: “The Peacock Awards celebrate individuals and teams working across Marie Curie’s Caring Services, providing outstanding care to patients, families and carers. It’s an absolute honour to be able to reward them in this way and to thank them for the amazing work they do year round caring for people with a terminal illness and their loved ones.”

Gail Allan, West Lothian Community Services Manager, said: “We were amazed when we heard we had been nominated for an award. Three of the team will be going to London on the evening but the nomination is down to the hard work of everyone in the team and is a good example of us all working together. When we were submitting our application so many people had nice things to say about the team and even if we don’t get any further, we are proud of everything we’ve achieved so far.”

Nurse Libby Milton said: “Marie Curie is all about support whether it is hands on care, or emotional and clinical support – all to ensure the person who is ill, and all those dear to them feel accompanied as they live as well as they can, and die as well as they can. The difference we make is enormous – having experienced skilled practitioners who have an understanding of the person’s situation now, and a sense of what is ahead, builds confidence and tries to give the message that you are not alone. When I heard I’d been nominated I felt a bit embarrassed but also honoured. I see this nomination to be a celebration of what my team have achieved, with my help and support!”



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Photograph - The West Lothian Community Care team

Pictured left to right: (Back row) Andrew Turner - Health Care Assistant, Janice Strachan - Community Clinical Nurse Specialist, Linda Weir - Community Clinical Nurse Specialist, Lorna Mackay - Community Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dr Kate Henriksen - Consultant in Palliative Medicine

(Front row) Gail Allan - Community Services Manager, Fiona Graham - Patient services clerk, Sharron McKay - Community Staff Nurse, Susan Lawson - Community Clinical Nurse Specialist.


About the Peacock Awards

The Peacock Awards are a celebration of both individuals and teams working across Caring Services who strive to provide a better level of care to both patients and their families during what is a very difficult period. Run in collaboration with long-standing Marie Curie Supporters, the Peacock Family, the awards recognise nursing excellence in the categories:

• The Clinical Excellence Award
• The Clinical Innovation Award
• The Going the Extra Mile Award

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