30th December 2016 – Airedale’s palliative care consultant named in the New Year Honours List
Specialist palliative care consultant Dr Helen Livingstone is ‘humbled’ to receive an MBE in this year’s New Years Honours for her services to end of life healthcare.
Dr Livingstone, who is currently working at Sue Ryder Manorlands, accepted the award on behalf of her palliative care team including consultants Drs Michael Hughes and Linda Wilson who care for patients in the local hospice, Airedale Hospital and in the local community.
The consultant led palliative care service is a partnership between Sue Ryder Care, Airedale Wharfedale and Craven Clinicial Commissioning Group and Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Livingstone said: “I feel very humbled as this is a whole team effort as I could not do the job without the support of my colleagues. We all feel responsible for providing people with the best palliative care possible no matter where they are.”
Born in Liverpool, Dr Livingstone studied at Leeds University and took on her first palliative care role was at St Gemma’s Hospice to help promote a more holistic medical approach for palliative care patients. She has since had specialist roles in palliative care medicine throughout West Yorkshire and spent a year in Africa doing voluntary service with a hospice in Uganda. Due to her family commitments she joined Airedale Hospital as a job share consultant in 2003.
The service has gained national recognition for Gold Line – a 24-hour nurse-led initially telephone and then also telemedicine advice, support and care co-ordination service for patients with a serious illness, who may be in their last year of life. It recently featured in a film made by the Health Foundation ‘Bringing Healthcare Home’ premiered at Sadler Wells in London and can be seen at http://www.health.org.uk/gold-line.
The palliative care service has also been recognised for using a single electronic patient record on SystmOne across both primary and secondary care so that clinicians can get the most up-to- date information without the patient having to repeat their story. In a recent report by the Care Quality Commission the service was rated as ‘good’ and last year the Airedale and Bradford Managed Clinical Network were awarded ‘Team of the Year’ by the British Medical Journal.