Source: NHS Evidence
Date of publication: November 2010
Publication type: Case Study
In a nutshell: The objective of this collaborative working between nursing and AHP staff working for Thames Hospicecare, an independent hospice and Berkshire East Community Services was to improve qualified staff competence and confidence in delivering end of life care (EoLC) for patients in a community hospital setting.
Current emphasis is on providing EoLC in communities rather than the acute setting but this is not always achievable or what the patient wants. Utilising community hospitals can be a more cost-effective option and also enable the local hospice inpatient unit to focus on providing complex care for patients who need it. The case study explicitly shows the evidence of success in terms of financial and quality of care benefits.
Length of publication: 9 pages