SCOTLAND’S largest independent hospice, which caters for people across Forth Valley, is celebrating an exemplary inspection report.

Strathcarron Hospice  located outside Denny, received two ‘exceptional’ grades and one ‘good’ award following an unannounced inspection by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS).

The ‘exceptional’ rating was awarded for the implementation and delivery of care at Strathcarron, how the hospice engages with stakeholders and manages its performance.

Strathcarron was also highly praised for expanding services to more patients in the community at an earlier stage in their illness.

The second ‘exceptional’ grade was given for the strategic direction of services with inspectors hailing Strathcarron’s clear vision and purpose, highlighting that staff felt valued and supported.

The final ‘good’ rating was awarded for demonstrating that the hospice provides safe, person-centred care.

The report stated: “Staff working in the service were very positive about their experience and felt supported and valued.

“A thorough process was in place for recording the patient’s journey while in the care of the hospice.

“Patients and families told us the care they received was ‘first class’.”

Strathcarron Hospice provides essential services and support for patients with life-limiting conditions, including end of life care, across Forth Valley and North Lanarkshire.

HIS inspectors surveyed staff members at Strathcarron to get an idea of what life was like working there.

Some of the comments received included: “We work to the highest standards and provide an absolutely amazing service to our patients. We all go above and beyond for our patients and families.”

“I am always excited to come to work as I love that there are no two days the same. There is always a new challenge.”

The results of the HIS inspection coincides with Demystifying Death Weeks (May 6 to May 12) which aims to shine a light on death, dying and bereavement across Scotland.

Irene McKie, chief executive for Strathcarron Hospice, said: “We are delighted to receive these ‘exceptional’ and ‘good’ grading awards from HIS which are testament to the exemplary work that our staff and volunteers carry out each day.

“This report highlights that our staff are enthusiastic and proud of the work thy do and patients and families described the service they have received as ‘first class’ which is what we strive for every day.

“This shows the incredible compassion and professionalism of our skilled team.

“They build meaningful relationships at the worst times in the lives of the people and their loved ones that they’re caring for, allowing patients to be supported to live well and die well.”