Why caring at the end of life is so important. Champion Kirsty Collins shares her thoughts.

Our End of Life Champions are providing such special care and support for our patients.

Here's Andrea Vickerman's selfie of some of our Champions during a training session. Kirsty Collins, pictured bottom left, is a new recruit  to them and here she explains more about herself and why she is drawn to the role.

She said: "I feel everyone should have the best care when it comes to end of life and that they should still have a voice and someone to help and support the family in such a hard time.

"I feel my role is important as I'm the first person the patient see.  So I like to make sure that they have everything they need as soon as they come on the ward and that they feel welcome and know if they need anything all they have to do is ask."

Here's more about Kirsty -  who loves a beach and is her own hero!

Hello my name is… 

Kirsty Collins. I am married and have two children aged 11 and 8, both have special needs

What is your position?  

Health Care Assistant and End of Life Champion

Summarise your career background
I started in the Army and moved onto caring for children with disabilities. I gained Hairdressing Qualifications to assist helping the children going to have their hair done. I then came to the Trust to be a HCA.

What is the highlight of your career so far?

Caring for many different patients and seeing them smile. Having the opportunity to develop my passion for End of Life Care.  I have recently started the EoLC HCA Champions programme

Sum up your role in three words

Caring, Supportive, Motivating

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A midwife, however that changed when I had my own children!

Who is your hero/heroine and why?
Myself as I aim to achieve whatever I set out to do and to be a good role model for my children

When you are not at work, how do you relax?
Working as a HCA makes me relaxed due to my very active home life. I also like to read when I have the chance.

What is your favourite place?

Any place with a beach

What would people be surprised to know about you?

That I am actually 37 years old. Everybody thinks I am in my 20s!!