Last year / months of life

A guide for professionals who care for patients believed to be in the last year of life.

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Referral criteria and process for admission to Butterfly Hospice, Boston (interim document to be reviewed June 2021)
20th May 2021 | Source: Lincolnshire NHS

Information for Health and Social Care professionals. This document gives information on how to make a referral to the Butterfly Hospice The Butterfly Hospice is a purpose built six bedded nurse led unit in Boston for palliative care Palliative Care patients. The patients who can most benefit from admission are those with non-complex physical symptoms, psychological or spiritual needs that are causing distress, or palliative care needs that are difficult to address in the patient’s usual home or care setting.

Gold Standards Framework
24th April 2021

Enabling a 'gold standard' of care for all people nearing the end of life

National Public Health Profiles
24th April 2021 | Source: Public Health England

Sets out a vision for public health. Includes profiles which are a source of indicators across a wide range of health and well being themes. Indicators can be browsed at different geographical levels.

Palliative Care Identification Tools Compared
24th June 2020 | Source: Healthcare Improvement Scotland 2018

This tool has been designed to help health and social care professionals identify those who would benefit from a palliative approach to their care. Earlier identification has many advantages. It can allow people to make informed choices about what medical treatments and care they would like to receive, or not receive, and to prioritise things that are important to them when length of life may be short, or when the presence of irreversible illness has altered life for that person.

Primary Care Support from Macmillan for Cancer
25th March 2020 | Source: Macmillan

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.

GP Education Masterclass 2
25th March 2020 | Source: EOLP

A collection of 4 videos produced by The End of Life Partnership. They include Identification (2) planning, capacity and sharing information. Do not be put off by the slow pace of the starts, it gets going later!

Polypharmacy Guidance – Medicines Review
24th March 2020 | Source: Scottish Government

This combined mobile app and website aim to support healthcare professionals, patients and carers to make shared decisions about medicines, based on the Scottish Government's Polypharmacy Guidance: Realistic Prescribing, 3rd edition.

End of Life Diabetes Care – Clinical Care Recommendations
19th February 2020 | Source:

Patients with diabetes who are at the end of life, have a unique set of care needs, including those relating to health and social care. However end-of-life diabetes care has been recognised as an area lacking quality standards and guidance on best clinical practice. This is the third edition of this guidance, which aims to summarise a consistent but high-quality approach towards end-of-life care for people with diabetes by providing a series of clinical care recommendations. The documents have been endorsed by leading diabetes organisations including: NHS England, ABCD, TREND-UK, diabetesFrail, National Diabetes Nurse Consultants, PCDS and the RCN.

End of life care for adults: service delivery. NICE guideline ng142
13th November 2019 | Source: NICE

This guideline covers organising and delivering end of life care services, which provide care and support in the final weeks and months of life (or for some conditions, years), and the planning and preparation for this. It aims to ensure that people have access to the care that they want and need in all care settings. It also includes advice on services for carers.

Palliative Care Knowledge Zone. Marie Curie
13th November 2019 | Source: Marie Curie

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

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