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New tools developed to support advance care planning for end of life

29th May 2019

epic_pic.jpgOn 1st May, the Palliative and End of Life Care network attended ‘EPIC’ in Preston, an event commissioned by Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria to celebrate the successes and strengths of partners who provide health and wellbeing services across the region.

The event was a great opportunity for team working, to learn from each other and to celebrate the great work across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

From their stall, members of our Palliative and End of Life Care network showcased their innovative work around early identification of people at the end of life – to enable personalised care to be planned in line with the individual’s preferences and wishes. They demonstrated two new tools that have been developed to support GPs and care homes with early identification:

  • EARLY - a clinical tool to help GPs identify patients who would benefit from being included on, and having their care co-ordinated through, a supportive care register.
  • SHADOW which prompts care home staff with six points that could reveal patients to be in the end of life phase, so staff can plan care in advance accordingly in line with the patient’s preferences and wishes.

Congratulations to the winners of the free raffle who took home a bottle of fizz, a  book – ‘With the End in Mind’ by Kathryn Mannix and ‘Being Mortal’ by Atul Gawande.

While at the event, we also took the opportunity to promote a series of planned care home education events and Advance Care Planning training. For more information about these events and training, please contact Kathy Collins at k.collins5@nhs.net .

More information about EARLY and SHADOW

Download the EARLY information leaflet

Download the SHADOW information leaflet

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