When the RCN approached EOLP about entering into a recognition agreement, this was warmly welcomed by the board and its staff members.
Our Regional Director Estephanie Dunn and RCN Officer Tony Millea attended the EOLP's Board meeting to meet Trustees and formally sign the agreement.
Estephanie said: “This is a really important event for us and it is great to see the recognition agreement be formally signed. The RCN has been very impressed with the aspirations the EOLP has shared. The most important thing you can do for someone is to give them a dignified death and this encompasses everything that the EOLP does. We are looking forward to working with you.”
Chair of the Trustees of EOLP, Pauline Ong added: “We have done so much good work already and it is good to talk about the positive things that are currently going on in healthcare. We are hoping that this partnership will be mutually beneficial and that the RCN can also learn from us.”
This agreement commits EOLP and the RCN to using a partnership approach when dealing with relevant employment issues. With this as a guiding principle to both parties, the agreement will seek to develop and maintain an honest and open relationship founded on respect, mutual trust and a shared desire to see The End of Life Partnership continue as a successful organisation supporting and enabling care staff to deliver care and support to its service users.
The EOLP was launched in April 2014 and formed from three existing work streams - Cheshire Hospices Education, Cheshire Living Well Dying Well, and Cheshire End of Life Care Service Model, as well as introducing a focussed approach to Evaluation, Audit and Research.
The overall aim of the partnership is to ‘Transform End of Life experience and care’ to create a more complete and holistic approach to living well, death and loss.