Scottish and East Midlands Care Workers
Ginger Root December 16, 2019

Scottish visitors come to Mid-Nottinghamshire to learn lessons about caring for people who are dying and supporting those who repeatedly come to A&E

Care workers from across Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood welcomed visitors from NHS Highland to Ashfield to share learning on caring for dying patients and those who frequent A&E repeatedly.

The group for NHS Highland included Iain Stewart, CEO NHS Highlands, Kate Patience-Quate, Deputy Board Nurse, Kenny Steele, CEO Highland Hospice, and Sian Jones Southside Surgery Inverness.

They met various colleagues representing organisations across Mid-Nottinghamshire who work together on end of life care for people who are dying and to support those who repeatedly turn up to A&E (called High Intensity Service Users). These organisations included:

  • Beamond House Community Hospice
  • Mansfield and Ashfield CCG
  • Mansfield and Ashfield CCG Patient and Public Engagement Committee Chair
  • Mid-Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership (ICP)
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Nottinghamshire Hospice
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The visit was kindly hosted by John Eastwood Hospice in Ashfield and the group was also taken to see the Emergency Department at King’s Mill Hospital and the Ashfield Health and Wellbeing Centre during their two day visit on December 12 and 13.

NHS Highland’s Chief Executive Iain Stewart said: “This has been an extremely useful visit and I was interested to learn about how Mid Notts has integrated their end of life care and how their high intensity service users’ journey has evolved. It has been inspiring to hear how Mid Notts have tackled the challenges they have faced and there is much we can learn from their innovative approach.”

NHS Highland Deputy Nurse Director Kate Patience-Quate said: “Although Highland and Mid Notts are hundreds of miles apart we share a lot of the same challenges around end of life care, especially in service delivery within remote and rural communities. It is encouraging to see such good work being done in Mid Notts and we will look to adopt elements of this approach within NHS Highland.”

Peter Wozencroft, Director of Integrated Care at Mid-Nottinghamshire ICP said: “The last two days have shown that from the Scottish Highlands to Sherwood Forest there are the same issues facing our communities. If we can share our learning, and learn from others, so that all the residents in our communities benefit, then we are happy and proud to do this.”


If you have any queries about this please contact Kerry Beadling-Barron, Director of Communications and Engagement at Mid-Nottinghamshire ICP on


During the visit the VIPs from NHS Highland met with:

  • Peter Wozencroft, Director of Care Integration and Lorraine Palmer, Head of Care Integration from Mid-Nottinghamshire ICP
  • Ant Rosevear, Assistant Chief Operating Officer, Carly Osbon and Julie Smith, High Intensity Service Users, Deb Elleston, MacMillan Head Nurse for End of Life Care, Dr Ben Lobo, Consultant Physician & Geriatrician Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Caren Rice, Senior Commissioning and Transformation Manager from Mansfield and Ashfield CCG
  • Dr Julie Barker, Mid Notts End of Life Clinical lead, Carl Ellis Head of Service for Mid Notts End of Life Care Together, Sarah McCartney, General Manager, and Julian Broderick, Donna Smith, Head of Urgent Care, Diane Carter, Business Development Manager, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Jo Polkey, Director of Clinical Services, Nottinghamshire Hospice
  • Louise Sinclair Head of Clinical Services, Beamond House Community Hospice
  • Julie McIntyre, Patient and Public Engagement Committee Chair