Community Specialist Palliative Care

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is the care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and of other symptoms and provision of psychological, social spiritual support is paramount. The goal of palliative care is the achievement of best quality of life for patients and their families. Many aspects of palliative care are also applicable earlier in the course of the illness in conjunction with other treatments.

Who provides palliative care?

Palliative care is provided by professionals such as, community nurses, GP, community hospital nurses and doctors and nursing and residential home staff.

Which group of patients require palliative care?

Those patients with a cancer diagnosis or patients with a non-cancer diagnosis such as heart failure and end stage dementia.

What is specialist palliative care?

Specialist palliative care is delivered by professionals whose main working role is managing patients with palliative care needs.  They manage or advise in the care of patients, and their families, whose needs are more complex and challenging and where this demand exceeds what can reasonably be expected to be delivered by a professional whose main role is in another discipline.