Dr Louise Jordan qualified from medical school in 1985. Due to her husband’s career as a neurologist they worked in several areas in England, including being a partner in Corbridge in Northumberland, and finally returning to Derbyshire where she has been a partner at Baslow Health Centre for over 20 years. Sadly her husband died in 2011, but Louise has remained in the family home with her two sons who have now left home (mostly!).
She has always been passionate about end of life care; spending her elective at medical school working in various (then very embryonic) hospices, and then in 1999 taking the diploma in Palliative Medicine. She worked for some time in Ashgate Hospice until the pressures of General Practice drew her back into full-time work as a GP.
Enabling a good death at home has been a culture and value that are instilled in her practice, and were reflected in the ‘Real Peak Practice’ documentaries shown in 2015.
In 2001, she co-founded Helen‘s Trust in memory of a young woman she was looking after who was determined to stay and die in her own home. Helen’s Trust flourished and Dr Jordan managed it with another trustee without employing any staff for the first few years until its success and growth required employing the team that then helped to forge its place in North Derbyshire.
Louise has given many talks and presentations about the work of Helen’s Trust. She is incredibly proud of the successful merger with Blythe House and very excited about the power that this collaboration will give to provide a specialist palliative care service and holistic care for people with life-limiting illnesses, and their families and carers in North Derbyshire.