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Current Services Profile

This section of the strategy provides an overview of the current general and specialist supportive and palliative care services provided by a range of partner organisations across Salford including Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, Salford PCT, Salford Social Services and St Ann’s Hospice. Together with this overview, this section also highlights the significant progress that has been made locally towards the implementation of the recommendations in the NICE Guidance and meeting the local milestones outlined in the GMCCN Action Plan. The work already undertaken in Salford means that it has extremely good foundations on which to develop supportive and palliative services in the future.

These foundations include:

Consultant led Specialist Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs) for supportive and palliative care in place across the PCT, Hospital and Hospice.

A Local Implementation Officer who works across Salford and Trafford.

Integrated Care Pathway / Care of the Dying facilitators for hospital, community and care homes

A specialist social worker for supportive and palliative care.

Joint hospital and community specialist palliative care MDT meetings

A Patient User Participation (PUP) Group, together with the appointment of a lead manager for user carers’, who works across the PCTs and Hospitals in Salford and Trafford.

A 24 hour specialist advice line for supportive and palliative care provided by St Ann’s Hospice to clinicians / professional working across the PCT and hospital. This has been extended to users / families and carers as part of the development of Out of Hours supportive and palliative care services in the community funded through the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) project.

Progressing work on the development and use of the Single Assessment Process (SAP) through Community Subgroup of the Big Lottery Fund Community Palliative Care project.

Policies have been developed (Network wide) for Advanced Planning at the End of Life.  

A local version of the Cancer Network Supportive and Palliative Care Service Directory in place.

Agreement reached by all partners on the local adoption of the ‘Breaking Bad News (BBN) Policy.  

A Supportive and Palliative care Education Facilitator has been recruited to, whose initial responsibilities will include the implementation of the Effective Communication and BBN Training across the PCT and Hospital.     

The implementation of the Education and Training Strategy across all care settings in Salford.


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