Meet Jane, one of Strathcarron's inspirational Women in a series of interviews to mark International Women's Day.

Jane is one of our Clinical Nurse Specialists in the community. She provides symptom management, psychological, social and spiritual support to ensure best quality of life for patients and their families, at what is sometimes the hardest part of their lives.⠀

Palliative Care is a very special part of our healthcare service delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals. While end of life care is an important component, palliative care is not restricted to time of death. The earlier palliative care is introduced in the trajectory of a persons progressive, life-limiting illness, the better the quality of life outcomes. ⠀

What are the 3 main things you do at Strathcarron Hospice?

- We provide advice and support directly to patients

- We work collaboratively with local Primary Care Teams, Acute Hospital Teams and wider Hospice Multidisciplinary Teams

- We engage with local community networks/resources to improve patient outcomes.

Who is the most interesting person you've ever met?

I find ‘ordinary’ people the most interesting. I love to hear patient’s stories of their varied and often exciting lives.

What would be your superpower?

My super power would be for ‘time to stand still’. That way I would have more time to see patient’s. It would also mean I would have more time to run, which I love to do in my spare time.

What has been your best day at Strathcarron?

I have now worked at Strathcarron Hospice as a CNS for just over a year. My best days are when small changes I can help make happen/facilitate help patient’s achieve ‘what is most important to them’.