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Recommendation 24 : Ensure that the planned expansion of intermediate care and continuing care beds across the city takes account of the supportive and palliative care needs of the local population, and that the appropriate linkages are established with both the general and specialist supportive and palliative care teams, to provide the appropriate support and advice.

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Establish strong working relationships, representation within intermediate and continuing care boards/groups.

Identify relevant named leads within specialist palliative care from hospital, hospice and community to influence work within expansion of intermediate and continuing care as it develops.

Salford PCT Lead Manager and LIO Palliative Care

April 2008

September 2007

Recommendation 25 : The PCT and LA (supported by the GMCCN) develop and agree outcome measures (Best Value Reviews) for all palliative care providers and incorporate them into service specification within the integrated commissioning process.

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The commissioning by primary care services needs to incorporate palliative care performance outcome measures as part of the Quality Outcomes Framework.  These should include the use of the End of Life Care tools, obtaining user/carer views, role of specialist palliative care teams in referrals for hospital and hospice admissions and involvement in discharge planning and placements.

Commissioning Palliative Care Lead PCT

November 2007

Recommendation 26 : Commissioners will need to provide sound support for educational activity to ensure that the supportive and palliative care needs are met by a skilled workforce receiving appropriate education and training to undertake:- physical, psychosocial and spiritual assessments and deliver sensitive information and communication.

Specify education implications which are required within service developments in Salford

Ensure that best support is available for the delivery of educational activity

Ensure designated time for education and training for practitioners is available

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The work of the Salford & Trafford Education sub-group to be maintained and developed in line with identified local needs

Barriers to effective educational practice should be identified and addressed

Co-operation and sharing of skills between educators in Salford & Trafford should be facilitated.

Guidance for good practice in teaching specialist practitioners should be adopted and evaluated.

LSG Supportive & Palliative Care / Education Subgroup

January 2007 - 2012

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