Re-design of Palliative and End of Life Care Services across Wirral
The delivery of Palliative and End of Life Care across Wirral is being reviewed. The service is currently provided by NHS Community Foundation Trust, Wirral University Teaching Hospital and St Johns Hospice, through one integrated team.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is treatment, care and support for people with a life-limiting illness, and their family and friends.
The aim of palliative care is to help the person to have a good quality of life – this includes being as well and active as possible in the time they have left. It can involve:
- managing physical symptoms such as pain
- emotional, spiritual and psychological support
- support for family and friends.
A life-limiting illness is an illness that can’t be cured and a person is likely to die from. You might hear this type of illness called ‘life-threatening’ or ‘terminal’.
What is end of life care?
End of life care involves treatment, care and support for people who are nearing the end of their life. It’s an important part of palliative care.
It’s for people who are thought to be in the last year of life, but this time frame can be difficult to predict. Some people might only receive end of life care in their last weeks or days.
End of life care aims to help people to live as comfortably as possible in the time they have left. It involves managing physical symptoms and getting emotional support for the person and their family and friends.
The Service Re-design
The intention of the service redesign across Wirral is to have a community and hospice team and a separate hospital team to provide continuity, improve service delivery and provide benefits to the patient. The service will continue to be provided for all adults aged 18+.
The intention is for the service to provide:
- 24 hour, 7 day support
- A multi-disciplinary team approach
- Proactive, holistic, person centred approach
- Well-developed links between the Community Team and the Hospital based Team to ensure seamless transitions in and out of hospital if required
- Single referral process to Specialist Palliative and End of Life Care
- Supporting education across all teams and within Primary Care
Share your views
We would be grateful if you could click here and complete the Re-design of Palliative and End of Life Care Services survey to help inform future development of the service. The survey will close on 31st January 2020