Guidelines

Guidelines for the treatment and care of patients towards the end of life.

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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.

COVID-19: Guidance for Carers
30th November 2020 | Source: Lincolnshire County Council

As someone with caring responsibilities we understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time and there will no doubt be questions and concerns that you have with regards to the continuing impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on you and your loved ones. Given the recent announcement regarding the New National Restrictions from 5th November, the Public Health team at Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) has updated their Guidance for Carers publication (COVID-19), providing a wealth of information, links and advice to support you in your caring role.

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.

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

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.

Heart Failure and hospice care – how to make a difference
19th December 2017

This guide sets out the principles and practical advice so that all agencies provide an integrated approach to improve the way we care for people with end-stage heart failure. The authors represent specialist cardiology, palliative care, and the multi-disciplinary team, mirroring the nature of end of life care for heart failure patients.

End of life care for adults (NICE)
19th December 2017 | Source: NICE

This quality standard covers care for adults (aged 18 and over) who are approaching the end of their life. This includes people who are likely to die within 12 months, people with advanced, progressive, incurable conditions and people with life-threatening acute conditions. It also covers support for their families and carers. It includes care provided by health and social care staff in all settings. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not include the care of people in the last days of life, which is covered by NICE’s quality standard for care of dying people in the last days of life.

SPICT-4ALL – A tool for everyone to identify those in need of supportive or palliative care
21st June 2017

People whose health is declining from one or more health problems often miss out on well planned care and support because they are not identified and offered the right help soon enough. SPICT-4ALL aims to make it easier for everyone to recognise and talk about signs that a person’s overall health may be declining so that those people and their carers get better coordinated care and support whether they are at home, living in a care home or in hospital. Health Professionals see the original SPICT on this website.

The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Proactive Identification Guidance (PIG) Identify
5th April 2017

This updated 6th edition of the GSF PIG is renamed as Proactive Identification Guidance (was Prognostic Indicator Guidance) aims to enable the earlier identification of people nearing the end of their life who may need additional supportive care.

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