End of life care

Guidance on dealing with palliative and end of life care, and supporting carers throughout the pandemic.

RCGP resources

A brief screencast summarising the latest changes in death certification, in response to COVID-19.

A guide to End of Life Care symptom control when a person is dying from COVID19 care for General Practice Teams, prepared by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Association for Palliative Medicine

An outline of best practice for palliative and end of life care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidance on domestic violence and abuse for end of life care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This guidance sets out a small set of key medicines for palliative and end of life care that need to be managed nationally with local collaboration across all sectors.

    External resources

    This document - authored by Dr Morag Farquhar (University of East Anglia), Dr Gail Ewing and Professor Gunn Grande (both University of Manchester) on behalf of the NIHR ARC Palliative and End of Life Care theme – lists topics that might have to be addressed when discussing COVID-19 with the carers of very ill patients in the community.

    This document, collated by the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group and the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland gives suggestions around simple, non-pharmacological and pharmacological measures you can initiate for patients with palliative needs around COVID-19. While written for secondary care, its suggestions are easily implementable in general practice.

    This collection of powerpoint slides are themed around the difficult emotions we and our patients experience during times of crisis. They give suggestions on how to manage your own resilience, suggest ideas around difficult conversations and how to best manage patients in care homes in view of the COVID-19 crisis.

    Temporary guidance from the Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines, related to end of life care during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    This guide can be given to any person providing care for someone who is dying at home from Covid-19. It was written by Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Hon Professor of Palliative Medicine, Cardiff University and Bevan Commissioner.

    Effective Communication for Healthcare have produced guidance on ACP – the process that helps people make choices about their future care and planning ahead. People of all ages who are living with long term conditions, complex care needs or serious health problems benefit from having their own Anticipatory Care Plan. Resources on their web pages include  RED-MAP Guides and Effective communication resources during COVID-19.

    A specialty guide for patient management during the coronavirus pandemic, focussing on symptom management using non-oral and non-parenteral routes for administration of palliative care medication.

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    Last modified: Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 3:33 PM