End of Life Care Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 8 Issue 3

January 10, 2017

Challenges to access and provision of palliative care for people who are homeless: a systematic review of qualitative research

January 10, 2017

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2016; 15: 96

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Date of publication: December 2016

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This review presents a synthesis of published qualitative research exploring from the perspective of homeless people and those working to support them, current challenges to palliative care access and provision.

Length of publication: 18 pages


Establishing a nurse practitioner model to enhance continuity between palliative care settings

January 10, 2017

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2016; 22 (12): 581-585

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Date of publication: December 2016

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This paper reports on the establishment and 12–month evaluation of an nurse practitioner model of care, between inpatient and community palliative care services, developed to coordinate client care between hospital and home.

Length of publication: 5 pages


Dying to care: a report into social care at the end of life

January 10, 2017

Source: Marie Curie

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Date of publication: December 2016

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: In this report, Marie Curie, the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers, Hospice UK and MND Scotland call for a new approach to make sure that people living with a terminal illness and their carers in Scotland get the social care support they need to allow them to make the most of the time they have left.

Length of publication: 28 pages


End of life care for infants, children and young people with life-limiting conditions: planning and management

January 10, 2017

Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

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Date of publication: December 2016

Publication type: Guideline

In a nutshell: This guideline covers the planning and management of end of life and palliative care for infants, children and young people (aged 0–17 years) with life-limiting conditions. It aims to involve children, young people and their families in decisions about their care, and improve the support that is available to them throughout their lives.

Length of publication: 44 pages


Care after death: Registered nurse verification of expected adult death (RNVoEAD) guidance

January 10, 2017

Source: Hospice UK

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Date of publication: December 2016

Publication type: Supplementary guidance

In a nutshell: A key publication for the different professionals involved in care for people just before and after death has been updated to include additional guidance for Registered Nurses on the verification of expected deaths. The supplementary guidance is aimed at providing greater clarity on the legal requirements for Registered Nurses about the verification of expected deaths. The resource includes guidance on how to verify an expected death and also new competencies to support training to carry out this important aspect of care.

Length of publication: 11 pages


Hospice care in the UK 2016

January 10, 2017

Source: Hospice UK

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Date of publication: November 2016

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report sets out the vital contribution that hospices in the UK make to supporting people with terminal and life-shortening conditions and explores the scope, scale and opportunities for hospice care in the UK in 2016.

Length of publication: 24 pages