End of Life (September 2010)

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End of Life is important to everyone, the family, friends and the indiviual, so this is a subject that so many can relate to and care providers can learn about for when it needs to be put into practice.

In an interesting and thought provoking presentation, Sue Parris, Lead Nurse for Adult Provider Services at NHS South Gloucestershire, talked about the importance of raising the profile of end of life services. She highlighted the key objectives of the South Gloucestershire NHS End of Life (EoL) team.

  • Helping people die with dignity in a place of their choosing,
  • To reduce emergency admissions,
  • To ensure 100% of EoL patients are on the EoL register,
  • To ensure all EoL patients are offered the opportunity to produce an advanced care plan.

Each person approaching End of Life should receive co-ordinated care, in accordance with the care plan, across all sectors at all times of day and night.
Patients should expect to:

  • Have their needs assessed by a professional/s with appropriate expertise
  • Be involved in decisions about treatments including the option to say no to treatments they do not wish to have.
  • Have information about their needs and preferences accessible by all relevant health and social care staff with their permission.
  • Have a care plan which records their preferences and the choices and should bereviewed as their condition changes.

Hillary Holman and Maggie Tink from St Peter’s Hospice discussed the things which are often hardest of all – End of Life conversations and explained that while it’s important to make time and space for them, it doesn’t always need lots of time.
It’s important to be:

  • Warm, caring and showing we are interested
  • Show non- judgemental acceptance
  • Have empathy
  • Be Genuine

SGNL - Issue 2

South Gloucestershire Dignity Network – 2nd Edition – winter 2010 Newsletter