Lisa Revell – Strategic Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care

I started my career in North East Lincolnshire as a nurse at Grimsby Hospital and then moved to London in 1999 to take a Sister position at a Medical Admissions Unit in London and then various roles at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.

In 2004 I came back to the area, largely driven by the quality of life it offered me and my family outside of London; more housing for my money, less commuting and a network of support. At the time I was working for the Primary Care Trust as Assistant Director of Nursing. I saw the merge of the PCT with Care Trust Plus in 2007 and in 2010, working as Joint Acting Director of Care, I was involved in the journey to set up Care Plus Group, a social enterprise, where I became Associate Director of Care when the new organisation went live.

From this point it became a very exciting time to be working in the health and care sector in North East Lincolnshire. It is an area that is committed to looking at new ways of working and I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to head up palliative and end of life care for North East Lincolnshire in 2011.

What makes this role so different from anything else I have done in my career is the fact that it is a tri-party strategy including Care Plus Group, St Andrew’s Hospice and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I am no longer just looking at the provision of care from the perspective of a single organisation. I am able to take a more holistic view and look at palliative and end of life care for the whole region, and from the perspective of the patients and families. I believe this makes a real difference in our ability to provide person-centric care.

One of the most rewarding aspects of the job is the autonomy I have. The NHS may be an organisation with a reputation for red-tape and bureaucracy, but within this new way of partnership working I am able to make decisions and act on them. We may be a small corner of the UK, but in terms of fresh thinking and an innovative approach to working cross-organisation, I think North East Lincolnshire is really breaking new ground.

So do I ever regret, moving away from London and back to North East Lincolnshire? Not a bit. For my family it has given them a great quality of life and it has enabled me to pursue new challenges. I have even been able to carry on my learning with a further degree and masters, all made possible by the collaborative decision to support be my the organisations I work for.