A special education fund has been created for palliative care staff at Roxburghe House in memory of a former nurse.
The Irene Hillsden Education Fund has been established and funded by the family of Irene Hillsden, who dedicated over 40 years of her life working for NHS Tayside.
Irene worked at Roxburghe House for 30 years in various nursing and management roles. She was well respected for her commitment to the development of nurses not only in Roxburghe House but through her work with universities and various organisations across Scotland, which ultimately led to improved patient care.
The fund has been established to carry forward Irene’s legacy. Every year it will provide education grants to nursing colleagues at Roxburghe House to help fund continuous professional development.
Senior charge nurse Marnie Ferguson and clinical coordinator Fiona Barnett have worked closely with Irene’s family to set up the fund.
Marnie said, “Irene’s legacy will be used within the specialist palliative care service and will be available for all staff within the service. Education is paramount to support the learning and development needs of the workforce. This very generous fund will allow us to continue to develop staffs’ skills and ultimately help improve patient satisfaction and care.”