Cornwall Hospice Care launches new service to support more people in the community

October 2, 2017

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: September 2017

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: Cornwall Hospice Care is launching a new series of support sessions in order to reach more patients with terminal conditions in the local community.  The Neighbourhood Hubs will offer free advice, support and information for patients, their carers and families.   They aim to help patients manage their symptoms which will hopefully increase their independence and confidence and help people to live as well as possible.

Length of publication: 1 page



Living with and dying from advanced heart failure: understanding the needs of older patients at the end of life

November 4, 2015

Source: BMC Geriatrics October 2015

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Research article

In a nutshell: Old and very old patients with advanced heart failure often do not acknowledge the seriousness and severity of the disease. Their communication with physicians predominantly focuses on curative treatment. Therefore, aspects such as self-management of the disease, dealing with emergency situations and end-of-life issues should be addressed more prominently. An advanced care planning (ACP) programme for heart disease in older people could be an option to improve patient-centred care.

Length of publication: 21 pages


The road ahead – National Council for Palliative Care Strategy 2015-2018

May 6, 2015

Source: NCPC

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Date of publication: May 2015

Publication type: Strategy document

In a nutshell: NCPC has published its official strategy for 2015-18

The new strategy has been agreed by NCPC’s Board of Trustees and affirms their vision for palliative and end of life care, demonstrates how they can play an important role in shaping  the future, and sets out the areas in which they will work to achieve these goals.

The Strategy highlights four priority areas of work:

  • Changing attitudes
  • Changing behaviour
  • Improving Care and Support
  • Improving Evidence and Intelligence

Length of publication: 7 pages


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


‘Going for Gold’ helps to improve access to better end of life care

February 3, 2015

Source: Guidelines in Practice

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: Web article

In a nutshell:Professor Keri Thomas reviews updated end of life care guidance and policy, challenging healthcare professionals to identify patients’ needs earlier and improve communication.


Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care: Strategic Framework for Action

February 3, 2015

Source: Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: Position Paper

In a nutshell: The Scottish Government has produced a position paper which aims to set out the current position regarding the development of a Strategic Framework for Action for Palliative and End of Life Care.

Length of publication: 12 pages


Facilitating advance care planning in community palliative care: conversation starters across the client journey

May 7, 2013

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2013 19(3) p.132-9

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Date of publication: March 2013

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This paper describes the development of a tool for palliative care nurses to initiate and facilitate advance care planning (ACP) conversations in community palliative care practice. Seven community palliative care services located across Australia participated in a multi-site action research project. Data included participant observation, individual and focus group interviews with palliative care health professionals, and medical record audit. A directed content analysis used a pre-established palliative care practice framework of referral, admission, ongoing management, and terminal/discharge care. From this framework a Conversation Starter Tool for ACP was developed.The Tool was then used in orientation and continuing nurse education programmes. It provided palliative care nurses the opportunity to introduce and progress ACP conversations.

Length of publication: 8 pages

Some important notes: This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens, for more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library.