Sutcliffe Engineers

Sutcliffe Charity Spring Ball 2023

Fundraising for Liverpool University Hospitals Charity
raised of £10,000 target
by 9 supporters
The SWAN Model Permission to break the rules that dont exist!


Sutcliffe aims to raise much-needed funds to help support patients and their families across our city with excellent, individualised end-of-life and bereavement care for every patient, every family and every time.

Director of Nursing and founder of the SWAN model, Fiona Murphy MBE will be investing all money raised in transforming end-of-life care and ensuring all NHS teams have the resources and environment required to support individual needs uniquely.

We would love for you to join us to celebrate the irreplaceable doctors, nurses and NHS staff who treat, save, support, protect and greatly improve the lives of our friends, family and colleagues across the Liverpool City Region.

All of us have been touched by the devastating loss of loved ones. All funds raised will help to deliver the SWAN model successfully within our city and to help provide extra special touches in people's final moments.

The SWAN model is instigated at the point of recognition of dying and is used to support care throughout end of life, into bereavement and beyond. Staff inform the family wherever possible of what the SWAN model means, and a swan sign is placed on the bedroom in which the dying person is being cared for. It acts as a visual reminder for all staff to employ principles of the SWAN model in their care for that person and their loved ones and reminds everyone, including other visitors to be mindful to maintain a peaceful environment.

Swam model resources:

Memory boxes

Boxes for family to fill with memories to cherish

Lock of hair pouches

Property bags

Personal message cards

Ring boxes

Bereavement information: Emotional support and/or religious care/what to expect as death approaches

Swan suites - Swan suites will be set up at each hospital site and must be beautifully decorated, peaceful and private suites where families and loved ones can make an appointment to collect death certificates and be given time and compassionate care by the dedicated teams.

Each Swam Suite will hold the following:

Book of remembrance 

Comfortable furniture, artwork, tea/coffee sets

Dedicated car parking spaces

Swan signage clearly displayed 

Resource books for supporting families and children through bereavement

Toys and books for visiting children

Swan sites are also to be developed and established (funding dependant) within other areas such as:

Critical care units

Emergency departments


Fiona Murphy MBE, director of nursing at LUHFT said:

"The SWAN model will vastly improve the experience for the patients and their loved ones at an extremely difficult time. I want to ensure that nothing is too much trouble; I want them to feel that there is compassion and understanding from everybody, from the cleaner to the consultant. I want information to be given freely and communicated to families and our patients in a tailored way. 

"Most importantly, our SWAN model will allow us to support our patients and their families and allow them to be involved in decisions being made regarding their care and their wishes.

"Your support will transform our end-of-life care to make a positive difference to our most vulnerable patients and their families".

About the campaign

The SWAN Model Permission to break the rules that dont exist!

About the charity

Liverpool University Hospitals Charity

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Liverpool University Hospitals Charity raises funds to purchase specialist equipment and improve facilities for patients and staff at the Royal, Aintree and Broadgreen University Hospitals.

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