Successful launch of North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service

November 4, 2015

Source: Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: The North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service (NMMPCSS) was launched September 21 2015. The £560k service is part of the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP) and has been developed through a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, the Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups, The Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, and St Ann’s Hospice. The service provides

  • Round-the-clock telephone advice, as well as visits and care in the home;
  • Dedicated professionals working together with patients and carers – seven days a week from 8am to 8pm
  • An open referral system for patients, carers and professionals. (Patients can refer themselves to the service)
  • Help with managing problems such as pain, sickness, breathlessness, and psychological and emotional support
  • Ways for people to talk about what is important to them in their care
  • Extra help at home when things are difficult, bringing support to carers



Current advance care planning practice in the Australian community: an online survey of home care package case managers and service managers

May 6, 2015

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14: 15

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Date of publication: April 2015

Publication type: Research article

In a nutshell: In Australia many community aged care clients receive services through Home Care Package (HCP) programs. This study aimed to explore current attitudes, knowledge and practice of advance care planning among HCP service managers and case managers. This survey showed low organisational ACP systems and support for case managers and a lack of a normative approach to ACP across Australian HCP services. As HCPs become more prevalent it is essential that a model of ACP is developed and evaluated in this setting, so that clients have the opportunity to discuss and document their future healthcare wishes if they choose to.

Length of publication: 7 pages


What’s important to me: a review of choice in end of life care

March 16, 2015

Source: Choice in End of Life Care Programme Board

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The independently led Review of Choice in End of Life Care has provided advice to Government which includes: establishing a ‘national choice offer’ focused on individual’s end of life care needs by April 2020; providing an additional £130 million funding for end of life health and social care services; establishing 24/7 community end of life care by 2019 in all areas implementing shared electronic end of life care records by April 2018 in all areas; and a named responsible senior clinician for all people approaching the end of life.

Length of publication: 72p.




Every moment counts: A narrative for person-centred coordinated care for people near the end of life care

March 11, 2015

Source: National Council for Palliative Care; National Voices

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: Narrative document

In a nutshell: Every Moment Counts: a narrative for person centred coordinated care for people near the end of life sets out how good, coordinated – or integrated – care looks to people near the end of life and is written from their point of view.

Length of publication: 26 pages


End of life care in the community: the impact of poor coordination

March 10, 2015


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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Blog

In a nutshell: The author refers to her friend’s terminal phase of her disease, highlighting how poor communication and coordination of care can make spending your lasts weeks and months at home a stressful and unhappy experience for everyone involved.

Length of publication:  1 page

Listening to dying people in Wales

May 6, 2014

Source: Marie Curie Cancer Care

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Each individual will have personal wishes about where they wish to be cared for and where they wish to die.  They will also have many non-healthcare needs which impact on their well-being just as much as their healthcare does. In a new report, Listening to Dying People in Wales, Marie Curie Cancer Care looks at the methods currently in place for gathering experience feedback from terminally ill people and their families and carers. The report argues that if current services are to do the best for dying people in Wales they must find out about people’s experiences of the care they received at the end of their lives. Only then will those that plan and deliver services be able to make informed decisions based upon people’s needs.

Length of publication: 14 pages


End-of-life-care after the Liverpool Care Pathway

May 2, 2014

Source: British Journal of Community Nursing 2014, v.19(5) pp 250 – 254

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Date of publication: May 2014

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article presents a review of key issues around caring for people in the last hours and days of life. The aim is that community nurses will be able to support patients and families, and to provide and explain decisions and interventions to promote comfort and dignity based on current evidence.

Length of publication: 5 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.