Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to specialised medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of a terminal diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the person and their family.
The advanced nurse practitioner will support palliative care patients by establishing a process where care home residents with palliative care needs are proactively recognised so that they get the right help. They will also increase in the number of care home patients and care home staff who have a coordinated and seamless robust care plan in place which has a person’s preferences and wishes at the heart. They will also help reduce the number of unplanned admissions to hospital.
Janet Owen, end of life care clinical lead/ team leader community Macmillan specialist palliative care team, said: “We’re delighted to receive this funding. This new role will join up different elements of health and social care for palliative patients in care homes and help improve their quality of care. Having someone with this expertise to advise will also increase the confidence of professionals involved in palliative care.”