Resources & Links

Resources and Links

NHS End of Life Care Programme materials here include:

  • Holistic Common Assessment: Effective holistic assessment processes are key to meeting the complex, wide-ranging and changing needs of people approaching the end of life.
  • Liverpool Care Pathway: Provides an evidence-based framework to support those delivering care to the dying patient and their relatives in the last days and hours of life, in a variety of settings.
  • Preferred Priorities for Care (PPC): This is an example of an advance care planning, patient-held document. It is used to facilitate and record patient choice in relation to end of life issues.
An NHS ‘End of Life Care Programme’ document that explores the issues around Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR). Sept 2012
DNACPR decisions who decides and how.
Care to be a Nurse?
Radio 4 programme about compassion in nursing. Some points are a bit misconstrued and Christina Patterson is also a bit harsh, but maybe still a good person to get in contact with:
First broadcast 27 November 2012 – available to listen for one year.

Dawn French talks about her latest novel Oh Dear Silvia, the ambitious story of a comatose woman whose family and friends gather around her bedside to impart their feelings toward her and how much the writing of it was informed by the illness and subsequent death of her Mother.
Very beautiful and generally fun too!
First broadcast 28 October 2012 – available for over a year to listen to.

Compassion in Healthcare
Describing the importance of compassion in healthcare, Dr Robin Youngson brings together the evidence from neuroscience and clinical trials which indicates that compassion is not only right, but also medically and cost effective. He also argues from the neuroscientific evidence that there is no such thing as ‘clinical detachment’ and that NHS staff who show compassion cope better and burn out less easily. He is author of TIME TO CARE – How to love your patients and your job
Watch the 50 min talk and read a written extract.