Can comprehensive specialised end-of-life care be provided at home? Lessons from a study of an innovative consultant-led community service in the UK

September 9, 2014

Source: European Journal of Cancer Care 2014 doi: 10.1111/ecc.12195

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Date of publication: April 2014 (online ahead of print)

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The Midhurst Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Service (MMSPCS) is a UK, medical consultant-led, multidisciplinary team aiming to provide round-the-clock advice and care, including specialist interventions, in the home, community hospitals and care homes. The authors present a study of the Midhurst Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Service, which provides specialised hands-on palliative care in a community setting in an area of South-East England, UK. This service is distinct in that it is medical consultant-led and aims to deliver interventions in the home setting that are usually considered to require hospital admission. Patients and carers reported positive experiences of support, linked to the flexible way the service worked.

Length of publication: 14p.

 

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National Survey of Patient Activity Data for Specialist Palliative Care Services MDS Full Report for the year 2012 – 2013

June 10, 2014

Source: National Council for Palliative Care

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Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The aim of the Minimum Data Sets is to provide good quality, comprehensive data about hospice and specialist palliative
care services on a continuing basis. These data are useful on a variety of levels to inform:

– service management

– service monitoring and audit

– development of local palliative and end of life care strategy and service planning

– commissioning of services

– development of national policy

NCPC also provides other forms of information and data to support service development, for example itsdementia work, workforce survey of specialist palliative care, population based needs assessment, and funding surveys. The MDS is of great help in supporting the implementation of national initiatives to develop palliative and end of life care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Length of Publication: 100 pages


Palliative care and advanced dementia: The Croydon Project

December 27, 2013

Source: End of Life Journal 2013 v.3(4)

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Date of publication: Winter 2013

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 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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National Survey of Patient Activity Data for Specialist Palliative Care Services MDS Full Report for the year 2011-2012

July 1, 2013

Source: National Council for Palliative Care and Public Health England

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Date of publication: June 2013

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Specialist palliative care services have seen increased activity and more available beds in inpatient services, according to a new report out today from the National Council for Palliative Care and Public Health England.

Length of publication: 84p.


Commissioning Guidance for Specialist Palliative Care: Helping to deliver commissioning objectives

February 1, 2013

Source: National Council for Palliative Care

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Date of publication:  December 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Commissioning Guidance for Specialist Palliative Care: helping to deliver commissioning objectives has been developed as a collaboration between the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland, Consultant Nurse in Palliative Care Reference Group, Marie Curie Cancer Care, National Council for Palliative Care and Palliative Care Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. This new guidance will provide commissioners with the key information that they need to help them commission specialist palliative care, as a specific component of the whole spectrum of palliative and end of life care service provision.

Length of publication: 38p.

 


More people able to die at home due to community specialist palliative care

August 24, 2012

Source: National Council for Palliative Care

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Specialist palliative care community services are leading to more people being able to die at home, according to a major new report out today by the National Council for Palliative Care and the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network. Latest figures show that a third of those receiving specialist palliative care in 2010/11 died at home, compared with just one in five nationally. This is the third successive year that the proportion of deaths at home has increased for people using community specialist palliative care services.

Length of publication: 88p.

Acknowledgement: National Council for Palliative Care; National End of Life Care Intelligence Network; National End of Life Care Programme