Situated learning: Improving end of life care in the home care sector

February 8, 2014

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication type: Webpage

In a nutshell: A palliative and end of life care situated learning project in the New Forest has been extended to staff working in the home care sector, following success with staff working in residential and nursing homes. The project leader discusses the project’s successes.

Acknowledgement: ehospice.com

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A framework for the best end of life care planning

September 23, 2011

Source: Nursing & Residential Care, 2011, 13(3) p.137-40

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell:  The National End of Life Care Programme has published a guide to improving the care of dying people in care homes.  This article, aimed at care home managers, discusses how it can help them to optimize end of life care in their homes. It advocates a six-step pathway, provides illustrative case studies, information about quality markers, suggestions for staff training and finally, it provides sources of further information.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Acknowledgement: BNI


National End of Life Care Programme Newsletter (Issue 29)

January 26, 2011

Source: National End of Life Care Programme

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Date of publication: January 2011

Publication type: Newsletter

In a nutshell: This issue of the newsletter focuses on commissioning and provides a Rough Guide to Commissioning End of Life Care along with information about the proposed content of a new guide for GP Consortia which is currently being drafted by the National Council for Palliative Care, the National End of Life Care Programme and key partners.

 Length of publication: 12 pages


A review of an out-of-hours telephone support service for palliative care patients and their families

October 27, 2010

Title: A review of an out-of-hours telephone support service for palliative care patients and their families

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 16(9): 445-50

Date: September 2010

Publication Type: Article

Publication Length: 6 pages

In a nutshell: This study reports an evaluation of an out-of-hours service operating in one primary care trust in north east of England, and examinines the use of telephone support service backed up by domicillary visits by specialist palliative care nurses. Results revealed that staff, patients and carers appreciated being able to telephone the service and carers felt particularly well supported by the service staff who proactively called them on an agreed basis as part of an individualised telephone monitoring scheme.

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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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End-of-life care: supporting independent and healthy lives.

September 20, 2010

Source: British Journal of Community Nursing, v.15(7) p341

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Date: July 2010

Publication type: Article

Publication length: 1 page

In a nutshell: This article discusses the findings of ‘Hospital Care at Home: Supporting Independent and Healthy Lives. Financial savings and outcomes of EOLC Family Liaison Service introduced at Birmingham East and North in partnership with Healthcare at Home Ltd. are reported.

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Looking from the outside in.

September 20, 2010

Source: Nursing Standard, v. 24(47) p20-1

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Date: July 2010

Publication type: Article

Publication length: 2 pages

In a nutshell: This article discusses provision of palliative care to elderly people with dementia by a specialist nurse employed by the organisation Housing 21. Housing 21 provide residential care and support services to elderly people in London.

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