The state of the UK children’s hospice nursing workforce: a report on the demand and supply of nurses to children’s hospices

May 17, 2017

Source: Together for Short Lives

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report sets out what Together for Short Lives found when they carried out a snapshot survey of nurse vacancies at UK children’s hospice organisations in December 2016. They found that:
• the children’s hospice nurse vacancy rate has grown since 2015
• it is getting harder to recruit nurses to posts with increasing shortages of more experienced nurses
• the nursing shortfall means that children’s hospices are being increasingly forced to cut back the vital palliative care they can offer to families.

Length of publication: 28 pages

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Tried and tested End of Life Care Modelling Tools launched

May 22, 2012

Source: National End of Life Care Intelligence Network

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Eight early adopter sites across England have worked with the National End of Life Care Programme to trial a set of modelling tools to support end of life care commissioners and planners.

The updated tools are now freely available on the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network website together with a range of supporting materials, including workbooks and case studies from the early adopters.

There are three modelling tools:

  • The Cohort Model that identifies the end of life care needs of their population over a 10-year period
  • The Skills for Health Functional Analysis tool, which assesses workforce skills required to ensure quality end of life care provision
  • The Yorkshire & the Humber Co-Design Model, which assesses how many people dying in hospital could reasonably end life in an alternative care setting and provides costings for Alternative Care Pathways.

Acknowledgement: NHS National End of Life Care Programme


Developing end of life care practice: A guide to workforce development to support social care and health workers to apply the common core principles and competences for end of life care

February 28, 2012

Source: National End of Life Care Programme

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This guidance has been developed to ensure that workers involved in supporting someone who is at the end of their life are properly trained to be able to undertake their work effectively and appropriately.

Length of publication: 41p.

Acknowledgement: National End of Life Care Programme


When a person dies: guidance for professionals on developing bereavement services

October 27, 2011

Title: When a person dies: guidance for professionals on developing bereavement services

Source: NHS National End of Life Care Programme

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Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The publication covers the principles of bereavement services, along with bereavement care in the days preceding death, at the time of death and in the days following death. It also includes guidance on workforce and education and the commissioning and quality outcomes of bereavement care.

Length of publication: 40 pages