Improving the quality of palliative and terminal care in the hospital by a network of palliative care nurse champions: the study protocol of the PalTeC-H project.

July 31, 2013

Source: BMC Health Services Research

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Date of publication: March 2013

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell:  This article describes the protocol of a study to assess the quality of care of the dying patient and the contribution of an intervention targeted on staff nurses of inpatient wards of a large university hospital in the Netherlands. Assessments are performed among bereaved relatives, nurses and physicians on seven wards before and after introduction ofthe intervention and on 11 control wards where the intervention is not applied. The researchers focused on care provided during the last three days of life, covered in global ratings of the quality of life in the last three days of life and the quality of dying, and various secondary endpoints of treatment and care affecting quality of life and dying. The authors aim to improve the understanding of and attention for patients, needs, and the quality of care in the dying phase in the hospital and measure the impact of a quality improvement intervention targeted at nurses.

Length of publication: 7 pages


Award-winning nurse who gives patients the best possible journey

February 21, 2011

Source:  Learning Disability Practice, 2010,13(9) p. 6-7

Date of publication: November 2010

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell:  This article is an interview with Dorothy Matthews about her role as the UK’s only Macmillan nurse who specialises in providing terminal care for people with learning disabilities. How her role came about, her career, and her motivation to specialise in terminal care are discussed. She reflects on the challenges of breaking bad news and obtaining consent in end-of-life care planning, and her end-of-life care guide for learning disability carers is highlighted.

Length of publication: 2 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

Acknowledgement:  BNI

End-of-life care: a community perspective

February 21, 2011

 Source:  Nursing in Practice, 2010, (57) p46-9

Date of publication: December 2010

Publication type:  Article

In a nutshell:  This article expores the issue of caring for children and adults at the end of life in their own homes from a community nursing perspective and makes recommendations about service provision.

Length of publication:  3 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 

Acknowledgement:  BNI

Lincolnshire Rapid Response Service expanded

September 11, 2009

Source: Marie Curie Delivering Choice News

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Date of publication: September 2009

Publication type: Webpage

In a nutshell:

Marie Curie Cancer Care Rapid Response Service which was successfully pilotted in the Boston and South Holland areas of the county has now been expanded to cover the whole of Lincolnshire as part of the Lincolnshire Delivering Choices Programme. The Rapid Response Team provides planned and urgent care visits to patients in their own homes during the out of hours period and 17 new jobs have been created as a result of the expansion. The aim of the service is to enhance patient choice and to accommodate double the previous number of patients choosing to be cared for and die at home.

Acknowledgement: Marie Curie website.

New community nursing role for end-of-life care

June 26, 2009

Author: Steve Ford


In a nutshell: A new type of community nursing role is due to be rolled out in east Yorkshire from this week. The new role, called a ‘Health and Social Care Assistant’, is to be introduced in Hull to nurse end-of-life care patients in their own homes. There will initially be nine HSCAs with more to follow. There is enough funding for 12 full time equivalents.

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Evaluating last offices care and improving services to newly bereaved relatives

June 18, 2009

Author: Marika Hills

Source: Nursing Times June 16th 2009 Vol. 105(23) p14-6

In a nutshell: The aftercare of deceased patients and performing last offices are important aspects of nurses’ role. Regularly auditing care provision can identify whether standards are being met and highlight areas in need of development. This articles outlines the background to an audit that was prompted by concerns linked to procedures for last offices. The response to initial audit findings and consequent actions taken to raise awareness and improve services are also discussed.

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RCN to give nurses guidance on discussing assisted dying with patients

May 26, 2009

Title: RCN to give nurses guidance on discussing assisted dying with patients

Author: David Rose

Source: The Times, May 14 2009

In a nutshell: Nurses are to receive detailed guidance for the first time on how to help terminally ill patients end their own lives. Assisted suicide remains illegal in Britain but the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says that many nurses are being asked by desperate patients about travelling abroad, such as to the Swiss clinic Dignitas, to end their lives.

Acknowledgements: NHS Evidence – Supportive and palliative care