The Greater Manchester & Cheshire Cancer Network in 2006 published ‘Network-wide Guidelines for Advanced Care Planning for End of Life Care and Bereavement’ They incorporate “The Liverpool Care of the Dying Pathway” and “Gold Standards Framework” which has been adopted by to enable staff to deliver best practice and high quality care for dying patients, which have been implemented and evaluated across Salford. These tools have been adopted in varying degrees by organisations across the Network, however, it is acknowledged that further work is required with regard to the “Preferred Place of Care” tool and the GMCCN recommends that all three tools should be linked to guidelines for Bereavement Care.
Local Bereavement Services - St Ann’s Hospice
St Ann’s Hospice has developed skills in bereavement support involving professional staff and trained volunteers. The service is provided at all three Hospice sites and in the community. The service includes:
Specialist Palliative Care Social Workers
Psychological Support Nurse
Bereavement Support Nurse
Trained Volunteer Bereavement Counsellors
The service is available to bereaved carers and families who have had contact with St Ann’s Hospice.
Bereavement and palliative care counselling service (Salford PCT)
Bereavement and palliative care counselling is offered by trained counsellors to individuals and their families/ carers who live in Salford or who are registered with a GP in Salford for people aged sixteen and above.
Individuals and their families / carers are also offered a follow up befriending service if they wish to avail of this. The Befriending service is also available to individuals and families / carers during the time within which they are having their counselling sessions.