Palliative care project nominated for Patient Safety Award

Published: 20 June 2023

A project that supports people at the end of their life has been shortlisted for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Award. 

Rapid Intervention in Palliative and End of Life Care (RIPEL), based at Oxford University Hospitals, is one of the finalists in the Improving Care for Older People Initiative of the Year category. View the shortlist in full.

A partnership between Oxford University Hospitals, Sobell House Hospice Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Social Finance, RIPEL aims to offer patients at the end of their lives greater choice in terms of where they wish to receive care. 

The HSJ Patient Safety Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony in September. 

Katy Saunders, Director in the Health + Social Care team at Social Finance, said: 

By enabling a focus on the outcomes that really matter – care quality and patient choice – the RIPEL service demonstrates the transformative potential of social investment for our nation’s healthcare. I’m so proud of the way our partners at OUH, Sobell House and Macmillan have blazed a trail for outcomes-focused services that put people and community first.”

Jason Dorsett, Chief Finance Officer at OUH, said: 

Our social investment with our colleagues at Sobell House Hospice Charity, Social Finance, and Macmillan Cancer Support has not only enabled this project, but has paved the way to further such opportunities in other clinical disciplines, and offered us access to expertise that was not previously available. The service has not only benefited the experience of our patients and their loved ones, but also enhanced the working lives of our staff.”

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