This document is for the use of Health and Social Care professionals This advice and guidance has been produced to assist those people who have to manage the care of the deceased and support the family/carers who may or may not be present at the time of death during the outbreak of COVID19. It is intended to support the process for confirming death during the outbreak of COVID19, which can be found in Appendix 1.
The course overview - "To provide underpinning knowledge associated with best practice for verifying an expected death, including a simulated practical experience in a controlled environment to assist the development of competent verification skills of a deceased person and to raise awareness of what could be a suspicious death." Click on the links in the document
For team leaders working in the NHS. Specific resources and guidance to help you navigate leading your teams in the event of grief. Fairly short and to the point with a long list of very helpful further resources
This is for managers and organisations. It is a short Powerpoint from the Department of Health and Social Care that will download on to your device. It deals with how to support staff with working remotely and dealing with the loss of a colleague.
This short video is designed to help care home staff disconnect a syringe driver after death. Also how to deal with the equipment and paperwork. Others working at the end of life may also find this useful.
Macmillan has produced a number of toolkits, guidance documents and online training modules to support GPs as they connect with cancer patients from early diagnosis through to after treatment, and at end-of-life. Supporting resources for people with cancer have also been developed to help effective signposting and to shape the future of primary care.
This is a very good distillation of the new guidelines for busy medical practitioners, by the national team of healthcare regulatory lawyers at Beachcroft
These new Regulations set out the range of circumstances in which deaths must be notified to the Coroner, with further practical detail provided in the recently published accompanying guidance document. Came into force 1st October 2019.
Unfortunately it is increasingly common for the identity of deceased individuals to be stolen causing further stress and grief for the families. The Gov.uk guide https://www.gov.uk/when-someone-dies focuses solely on the legal/procedural aspects of a death but the problem of posthumous identity theft gets overlooked.
The Palliative Care Knowledge Zone is a free information source for health and social care professionals. It contains information for you on how to have better conversations with your patients about death and dying