Guidance for workers to deliver high quality end of life care

28/06/2013 End of Life

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Developing end of life care practice expands upon already-published end of life care competences for health and care workers to reflect emerging understanding of important issues including spirituality and bereavement. This includes clarity about distinguishing between a person’s spirituality and any named religion or similar belief, and that appropriate integration of questions of religion, faith and spirituality into end of life care will vary not only between people who are dying, but often also between the person dying and the people who will be bereaved—who must also be supported by health and care workers.

Each section of the guide gives a clear explanation of key areas of end of life practice, and includes useful links to extra information and resources.

There is also a ‘practice scenario’ to show how a manager facing a realistically complex end of life care situation can make use of a variety of staff development opportunities to give workers the skills and competences described in the guide, to provide high quality care in this critical area of service.

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