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Community / Locality network

Recommendation 12 : A local directory for supportive and palliative care services is accessible to individuals and their families/carers and for general and specialist teams working across the community, hospital and hospice settings.

Action

Lead

Timescale

Access to Local version of Cancer Network supportive and palliative care service directory.

Maintain local/professional website on Cancer and You website.

Links to the development of the patient information website on the Cancer Network.

Information and Communication Subgroup

LSG

April72007

Recommendation 13 : Develop a comprehensive rehabilitation service along the care pathway continuum and enable access to suitable equipment available to patients in all care locations. The four-level model for rehabilitation services recommended by the NICE Guidance1 is the suggested model for achieving this.

Action

Lead

Timescale

Baseline assessment using the four-level model of rehabilitation services developed (Network- wide) required to develop an effective local service.

To develop a dedicated training framework for a generic AHP’s to deliver their role in supportive and palliative care.

Implement the needs assessment for the development of Specialist AHP’s for cancer and palliative care within hospital and community specialist palliative care teams.

To review the current model of access to equipment on a 7 day basis and links to Intermediate Care and Rapid Response Team.

AHP Managers Primary Care Trust & Managers of all Specialist Palliative Care Services

2008 and beyond

Recommendation 14 : Implement the recommended network model of psycho – oncology service as outlined in the four level model of assessment and interventions in the NICE Guidance1. Ensure health and social care professionals can recognize and screen for psychological distress for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. A skill mix of counsellors, mental health nurses, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and liaison psychiatry manages severe psychological distress.

Action

Lead

Timescale

Educate health and social care professionals in assessment skills for psychological distress.

Psycho-oncology model will be linked to the Cancer Centre at the Christie Hospital and the associate Cancer Centre based at Hope Hospital.

Integration with the local psychology service and specialist provision, provided by Bolton, Salford & Trafford Mental Health NHS Trust.

LIO Palliative Care and LIO Mental Heath

2008 and beyond

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