Friday 7th September 2012
Resources for this edition of Sharing good practice. Information, guidance and education specific to palliative care in care homes.
NHS National End of Life Care Programme: The route to success in care homes resource package
This programme aims to promote high-quality, person-centred care for all adults at the end of life and enable more people to choose where they live and die. The programme supports the End of Life Care Strategy. The resource was developed to support care homes to deliver high-quality, end-of-life care.
The selection of resources includes:
- the route to success in end-of-life care – achieving quality in care homes
- quality of end-of-life care in care homes assessment tool
- the ‘six steps to success’ training programme.
National Gold Standards Framework Centre: GSF in Care Homes
The Gold Standards Framework Care Homes Training Programme (GSFCH) is a quality assurance programme that enables care homes to provide quality care for all residents nearing the end of life. The training programme is open to all care homes including those with nursing, personal care, learning disabilities and adults with physical disabilities.
SCIE Research briefing 10: Terminal care in care homes
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) research briefings provide up-to-date information on particular topics. These concise documents summarise the knowledge base in a particular area and sign post to more in-depth material. The briefing is divided into the different types of knowledge relevant to health and social care research and practice, as defined by the SCIE.
General palliative care organisations
National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC)
The NCPC publishes a wide range of titles about delivering better end-of-life care. Topics range from developing and implementing palliative care strategies to offering guidance on clinical and ethical issues. Some content is restricted to subscribers. The NCPC also hosts the Dying Matters website for the public, which has information about dying, death and bereavement, and links to organisations that can offer further help and support.
Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
This partnership supports and contributes to the development and strategic direction of palliative care in Scotland through a collaborative approach. It has a wide range of publications and other resources on its website.
NHS End of Life Care Programme
The programme’s website is designed to support health and social care staff working, in any capacity, with people nearing the end of life. The National End of Life Care Programme publishes a monthly newsletter, support sheets, guides and other documents relevant to end-of-life care.
A selective library of relevant, high-quality publications by partner organisations can also be accessed from this page.
NICE Quality Standard for End of Life Care
NICE quality standards are a set of specific, concise statements and associated measures. They set out aspirational but achievable markers of high-quality, cost-effective patient care, covering the treatment and prevention of different diseases and conditions. Derived from the best available evidence such as NICE guidance and other evidence sources accredited by NHS Evidence, they are developed independently by NICE, in collaboration with NHS and social care professionals.
European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC)
The aim of the EAPC is to promote palliative care in Europe and to act as a focus for all of those who work or have an interest in the field of palliative care. The website contains guidance, recommendations and more.
International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
This website has a wide range of online resources and directories including an extensive database of tools for pain assessment and palliative care research. It also has information about hospice and palliative care services worldwide.
NHS Evidence – supportive and palliative care
This website has research and evidence on supportive and palliative care from this premier NHS search engine, which can be filtered according to need.
Help the Hospices eChoices
eChoices is a professional development resource listing hundreds of courses on palliative care and bereavement, from study days to online learning and diploma and degree courses. The database lists courses provided by Help the Hospices and other training providers.
Continue reading this edition of Sharing good practice
Part one - Supporting nursing homes to deliver quality care
Part two - Policy