UHNM hosted a delegation of German health care professionals recently. Annette Christian, Senior Consultant and Britta Yadava, Deputy Nurse Manager of the Specialist Palliative Home Care Team in Erlangan, Germany, visited the hospital to learn more about how palliative care is provided in the UK. The team in Germany provide specialist palliative home care to about 500 patients per year in Erlangen and the surrounding area.
While at UHNM, they met with Drs Sarah Kelt and Kirsten Tay, Consultants in Palliative Care.
Sarah Kelt said: "We spent time discussing how we provide Palliative Care in the UK and in Germany, and this was a great opportunity for us to learn more about their services. We were particularly impressed to hear how they used specially trained volunteers to support their patients to stay at home at the end of their lives, while it was interesting to find similarities in how we work. We provided a tour of our Cancer Centre and allowed Annette to shadow us on clinical visits, while Britta visited the Douglas Macmillan Hospice to find out more about hospice care in Stoke-on-Trent. As my colleague Kirsten is German herself, it was appealing for her to learn how things have changed in German Palliative Care since she moved to the UK. We hope this friendship and exchange of ideas will continue for years to come."
Annette Christian said: "Everybody working in palliative care around here sees Great Britain as being the "motherland" of hospice and palliative care, and we are really grateful for the friendly reception you gave us at your hospital and it's very exciting to learn more about your services."