Following the independent report of the Liverpool Care Pathway comes the following important document – One Chance to Get It Right: how health and care organisations should care for people in the last days of their life.
Extract – 21 national health and care organisations comprise The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People. They have published One Chance to Get it Right, the response to the recommendations set out in More Care, Less Pathway, the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway.
Extract from Staff Matters: From 14 July 2014, the newly developed ‘Care Plan for End of Life’ for use across East Cheshire NHS Trust community and acute care will be launched.
To support the launch of the care plan, The End of Life Partnership have developed a comprehensive training package which is being delivered throughout the trust; details of which can be found on the Cheshire EPAIGE. The EPAIGE also provides you with a number of educational resources and guidance to support you in using the new care plan in your practice. The care plan will also be covered on the Clinical Statutory and Mandatory Training.
Available for downloading as a PDF
National care of the dying audit of hospitals
This report has found significant variations in care across hospitals in England. The audit shows that major improvements need to be made to ensure better care for dying people, and better support for their families, carers, friends and those important to them. While previous audits had been based on the goals of care within the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP), the new audit sampled the care of dying people in hospital, regardless of whether they were supported by the LCP or other care pathways or frameworks, and included more hospitals than the previous audits.
Difficult conversations with dying people and their families
This survey of over 1,000 GPs reveals that terminally ill people are not getting access to the right care when they need it. The report highlights issues surrounding round-the-clock care with families reporting having to chase after prescriptions, nurses waiting hours for vital drugs to arrive, and locums unable to prescribe.
End of Life Journal is the free, online, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that publishes articles on all aspects of nursing practice relating to end-of-life care. It is primarily aimed at generalist nurses working in hospital, community and care home settings. However, many articles will also be of interest to the specialist palliative care nursing audience as well as members of the wider multidisciplinary team. The journal focuses on care for patients with both malignant and non-malignant disease and their family and friends.
CLINICAL PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT
NURSING CASE REVIEW
NATIONAL END OF LIFE CARE PROGRAMME UPDATE