West Lothian Palliative Care team win national award for their 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 winning two awards at Marie Curie’s annual Peacock Awards, which took place at the British Museum, London, this week (22 November).

The West Lothian Community Palliative Care Team won 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 and are based in the Macmillan Centre, located in St John’s Hospital, Livingston.

Libby Milton, who is based at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh won the ‘Nurse Leadership’ category. She has played a key role over the last 18 months in leading the expansion of the community services as part of the hospice redesign initiative.

The nationwide awards, now in their fourth year, give the organisation 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, Executive Director of Nursing at Marie Curie, said: “It was such a wonderful evening and I was delighted to be able to present them with their awards. It is always an honour for me to attend events like the Peacock Awards and I feel it is important that we celebrate the fantastic work of the individuals and teams working in Marie Curie’s Caring Services, who provide care to so many people with a terminal illness and their loved ones.”

Gail Allan, West Lothian Community Services Manager, said: “We were honoured even to be nominated for the award and were delighted to receive it in such fabulous surroundings as the British Museum. This is fabulous recognition for the team’s hard work and for all those we have worked with since we started this service three years ago.

“We don't see this as just an award for Marie Curie staff but for all those who we work with and are supported by in order for the people of West Lothian to receive quality palliative care. We hope this will help raise the profile of community clinical nurse specialist teams in Marie Curie.”


Notes to editors

Unfortunately Libby Milton was unable to attend the awards.


Pictured: Marie Curie Director of Nursing Dee Sissons with Lorna McKay and Gail Allan from the West Lothian Community Care team and Bettine Bond from the Peacock Charitable Trust. Credit Pete Jones

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

About Marie Curie

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance.

Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK including Edinburgh and Glasgow, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

For more information please contact: Gemma Smith Marie Curie Senior Media and PR Officer 0131 561 3964/07730 618339, or email gemma.smith@mariecurie.org.uk or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk