Notes from an end-of-life care commissioning conference

July 27, 2012

Source: European Journal of Palliative Care 2012 19(3) p.123

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: In February 2012, a conference in London discussed issues around commissioning palliative care services. The author gives a summary of the matters covered

Length of publication: 1 page


End of life care training for care workers in Tees Valley

April 26, 2011

Source: National End of Life Care Programme

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Publication Date: April 2011

Publication Type: Website

Publication Length: 1 page

In a nutshell: Over 700 care workers in Tees Valley have attended a one-day training course on end of life care. The training, which was developed and delivered by the Practice Development and Quality Nurse from Hartlepool and District Hospice, covers all aspects outlined in the Gold Standard Framework. It includes an end of day assessment and following successful completion, learners are issued with a certificate. As a result of the training care staff are more aware of how to provide support and care to someone who is dying and have an increased understanding of bereavement issues for family and carers.


Spreading best practice in dementia and end of life care

April 19, 2011

Source:  Advancing Quality Alliance

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Date of publication:  April 2011

Publication type:  Case Study

In a nutshell:   Led by Greater Manchester and Cheshire Palliative Care Network, this project aims to build on existing end of life care tools such as the Gold Standard Framework and the Liverpool Care Pathway.  The objective is to provide sets of tools that equip GP and out-of-hours providers to make better decisions about end of life care for dementia suffers which will result in the provision of more appropriate care and significant cost savings. 

Length of publication: 2 pages


End of life care in adults pathway published on Map of Medicine

February 21, 2011

 Source:  Map of Medicine 

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Date of publication:  December 2010

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  This new pan-specialty pathway extends beyond purely palliative care pathway that it replaces.  It incorporates physical needs, practical and social needs, psychological and spiritual needs, support for families and patients priorities and preferences.  It is based on high-quality guidance from national sources including the Gold Standards Framework and NICE.


Going for gold in primary care

October 27, 2010

Title: Going for gold in primary care

Source: Primary Health Care, 20(4): 22-24

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Date: May 2010

Publication type: Article

Publication length: 3 pages

In a nutshell: Caring for people who are approaching the end of their lives and their families is at the heart of general practice. Primary care teams have small numbers of patients in the final year or so of life but this is when most health care and support is needed. A new training package from the gold standards framework builds on existing programmes to enable primary care teams to achieve the best possible care for patients and their families.

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Using prognostic indicator guidance to plan care for final stages of life

September 27, 2010

Source: Primary Health Care

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Date of publication: July 2010

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The author describes how clinicians and healthcare providers could improve predictions of patients needs as they near the end of their lives by using  prognostic indicator guidance.   Primary care teams along with care homes and hospitals that use this method of identification, assessment and planning find it much easier to provide top quality proactive care where it is most needed.  They also find they are better able to adhere to patients’ wishes and avert crises as well as reducing inappropriate hospital admissions and hospital deaths.

Length of publication: 4 pages.

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What progress has been made towards implementing national guidance on end of life care? A national survey of UK general practices.

June 24, 2010

Source: Palliative Medicine, January 2010, 24 (1) ap68-78

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Date of publication: January 2010

Publication type: article

In a nutshell: The article describes a study which evaluated the incidences of GP Practices in the UK engaging in recommended practices relating to supportive and palliative care of adults with cancer in relation to participation in national initiatives.  Responses were obtained from 60% of the randomly selected Practices and responses indicated which of the initiatives they had been involved with. The findings appear to support the role of national initiatives in improving the quality of end-of-life care delivery in general practice.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Acknowledgement: Medline


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