CLAHRC Fellow 2015
Suzanne has been the Resuscitation Services Manager at Hinchingbrooke NHS Trust since 1998. She recently completed an NIHR route MSc in Clinical Research at the University of East Anglia in 2014, during which she developed her knowledge of research methodologies in Health Services Research. Her work has led to a particular interest in improving patient and family involvement in end-of-life treatment decisions. It was through this mutual interest she started to collaborate with Dr Zoe Fritz, Consultant in Acute Medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, who has developed the Universal Form for Treatment Options (UFTO) as an alternative approach to a standard DNACPR order. Unlike the single DNACPR order that is associated with misunderstandings surrounding its interpretation, the UFTO has been shown to be associated with a reduction in harm. The UFTO has been successfully introduced across Addenbrooke’s in place of a DNACPR order, although it is replaced with the integrated East of England DNACPR form when the patient is discharged into the community. As CLAHRC Fellow, Suzanne will use qualitative interviews of Stakeholders concerning their views and expectations of DNACPR orders in the community and the potential future role of the UFTO in that setting.