Gail Edwards

Nurse Champion for the Gold Standards Framework

When did you start at Jersey Hospice Care? 
I have worked at Hospice for nearly 12 years. I initially started as a staff nurse on the In Patient Unit, before promotion to the Specialist Palliative Care Team. I have been in my current role – Nurse Champion – for over four years and today you’ll find me in the Education Team.

How do you make a difference at Jersey Hospice Care? 
I help to embed the Gold Standards Framework (GSF). This is an island wide quality improvement initiative for end of life care, enabling a whole system transformation of health and social care provision in Jersey. I lead on several educational programmes delivered by Jersey Hospice Care.

What did you do before you worked here? 
I was an expat travelling the world, living in exotic places in the sunshine, with a little work thrown in here and there! I spent one year nursing in Malawi, six plus years nursing in Saudi Arabia, a year spent as a practice nurse for a GP in Grand Cayman, six years voluntary nursing on a Burns Unit in a Children’s Hospital in Panama and three years doing the same in Jamaica.

What are your plans for the next six months? 
Dreaming of holidaying in the African bush! But sailing in September around the Greek islands, with a ‘yachtie’ husband isn’t bad huh?!

Work-wise, I’ll continue to support colleagues throughout the care settings and deliver engaging educational sessions on end of life care.

What do you enjoy most about working for Jersey Hospice Care? 
Championing good quality end of life care in ALL care settings. I ‘feed’ off the light bulb moments when colleagues get it and understand the value of the proactive GSF approach to end of life care.

Seeing the difference that Hospice is making throughout Jersey for the benefit of all residents is a great feeling. Representing Jersey Hospice Care and Jersey at the World Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care in Berlin in May was a proud moment. I love my teaching and supporting role.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 
Oh for time to read the pile of books next to my bed! Spending time with family and friends features highly, as do holidays with Guy – meandering in France, embracing the French summer relaxed lifestyle – enjoying a glass of chilled rosé or two!