End of life care core skills education and training framework

March 9, 2017

Source: Health Education England

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Date of publication: February 2017

Publication type: Framework

In a nutshell: The End of Life Core Skills Education and Training Framework outlines the knowledge and skills needed to support people at the end of life. It considers knowledge and skills that are core to providing good care, and that are transferable across settings and level of caring responsibilities. It aims to promote community development and asset-based approaches to education and training, considering the strengths, abilities and potential of communities in supporting end of life care.

Length of publication: 80 pages


Communicating with patients and their families about palliative and end-of-life care: comfort and educational needs of nurses

April 10, 2015

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2015 v.21 (3)

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The purpose of this study was to determine perceived needs of inpatient nurses for communicating with patients and families about palliative and end-of-life (EoL) care.

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“It’s alright to ask for help”: findings from a qualitative study exploring the information and support needs of family carers at the end of life

May 2, 2014

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2014, 13:22

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Research article

In a nutshell: Family carers play an essential role in providing end-of-life care to their relatives but have been found to experience uncertainty and a lack of confidence in fulfilling their caregiving roles, prompting recent calls for educational or information based resources to be developed for carers. The authors carried out four focus groups with Clinical Nurse Specialists, healthcare assistants, former and current carers at a hospice in the UK, to explore the information and support needs of family carers. The results suggest  three domains which could underpin this type of intervention: developing knowledge and competence; facilitating preparedness; supporting role recognition and confidence building. It is recommended that an integrated information giving approach which addresses these domains by combining a resource pack for carers with a more explicit acknowledging role for health professionals. Together these could provide key information and also build confidence amongst family carers to ask for further support and advice as needed.

Length of publication: 10 pages

 


Challenges UK paramedics currently face in providing fully effective end-of-life care

March 5, 2014

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing  2014, v.20(1), pp.37-44

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Date of publication: January 2014

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: Paramedics play an integral part in community end-of-life care (EoLC) in the UK, especially given the lack of out-of-hours cover by palliative care specialists. Despite this, there remain multiple barriers to their fully effective provision of such care. This article provides a brief historical overview of paramedic practice, before highlighting some of the barriers to effective paramedic EoLC provision and introducing examples of collaborative work in the UK that aim to overcome these.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Three approaches to delivering end-of-life education to care homes in a region of south east England

March 4, 2014

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2014 , v.20(1), pp. 27-35

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Date of publication: January 2014

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article provides an overview of a 3-year project that was conducted by St Christopher’s Hospice, London,with the aim of studying the problems faced by advanced dementia patients and their families/carers and developing a feasible model of specialist palliative care for advanced dementia.

Length of publication:  5 pages

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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


Three approaches to delivering end-of-life education to care homes in a region of south east England.

February 7, 2014

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2014 v.20(1), pp27-35

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Date of publication: January 2014

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article looks at three recent initiatives for end-of-life care education for the care home sector in West Sussex in south east England and appraises the advantages and disadvantages of each. The three initiatives were an action learning project, a Six Steps to Success care home programme, and a Gold Standards Framework for Care Home programme. The details of how each approach was operationalised and the initial results and evaluations are discussed.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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