Timing of referral for hospice-based palliative care varies nationwide

October 16, 2018

Source: Nursing Times 2018; 114 (11): 51

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Date of publication: November 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article summarizes the results of a retrospective study looking at the time when people are referred for hospice care. The study provides detailed data on patterns of referrals to UK hospices and highlights variations in referral patterns depending on age, disease and location.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Exploring the relationship between volunteering and hospice sustainability in the UK: a theoretical model

July 4, 2018


Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 24(5):212-219.

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Date of publication: May 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: A theoretical model was developed to illustrate the relationship between volunteering and hospice sustainability. It demonstrates the factors necessary for hospice sustainability and the reciprocal impact that these factors and volunteering have on each other. The model has a practical application as an assessment framework and strategic planning tool.

Length of publication: 8 Pages

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New partnership to provide joined up palliative care across Sandwell and West Birmingham

October 18, 2016

Source: eHospice

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Date of publication: October 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A new palliative care hub has been launched by a collaboration between John Taylor Hospice, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, Crossroads Care, Age Concern, and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. The hub will provide seven-day access to a wide range of services for people in their last year of life, including hospice beds, domestic support and specialist palliative care.

Length of publication: 1 page

Hospice to home: a patient-centric multi-professional community approach

July 9, 2015

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2015 v.21(5) p245-50

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Date of publication: May 2015

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article describes how one hospice developed a model of care working in partnership with statutory services that provided patient-centred care, achieved preferences and prevented unnecessary admissions into hospital. It describes each element of the model and how they work seamlessly together. The evaluation of the model suggests that maximal impact can be gained by focusing service development on expanding and improving care at home. Preventing unnecessary hospital admissions, while simultaneously improving the quality of care, remains the fundamental driver for high-quality end-of-life care.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Future needs and preferences for hospice care: challenges and opportunities for hospices

May 22, 2013

Source: Help the Hospices Commission

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Date of publication:April 2013

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report considers how hospices need to develop over the next three to five years to be prepared for the challenges facing them in the future, challenges including building new partnerships and developing stronger business acumen to working more closely with care home and doing more to value carers.

Length of publication: 57p

Training aimed at complex needs

June 24, 2011

Source: Nursing Standard 2011, vol.25(35), p62-3

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Date: May 2011

Publication type: Article

Publication length: 2 pages

In a nutshell: This article describes the work of the charity Demelza in providing family-orientated hospice care for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families in Kent, East Sussex and south east London. The work of nurses in the community palliative teams who provide care for children at home is also highlighted.

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Hospice service based on bus in Brentwood, Essex.

November 26, 2009

Source: communitycare.co.uk

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Date: 12 November 2009

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A mobile hospice is taking end-of-life care into the community in Essex. Due to the loss of their rented accommodation, Farleigh Hospice began to operate mobile hospice services from the back of a bus and the Hospice Outreach Project (Hop) was devised. Its principles were in line with the government’s End of Life Care Strategy. Published in July 2008, it emphasises the need to improve access to care for people with life-limiting conditions and improve the profile of end-of-life care in local communities.

Acknowledgements: Farleigh Hospice Outreach Project (Hop)