This element of the induction process outlines the minimum requirements of a Registered Nurse or Midwife to support safe, effective, person centred palliative care within NHSGGC. Each of the resources will support your knowledge and confidence in providing palliative and end of life care. Palliative care is the care given to patients with a life limiting, progressive illness. These conditions include cancer and many non-malignant conditions. The aim of palliative care is to provide individualised person centred care focusing on physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of care. Everyone can provide palliative care and there are resources available to support you.
The Paediatric Supportive and Palliative Care team at Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) provide tertiary specialist paediatric palliative care across the paediatric spectrum, from the antenatal period, through infancy and childhood and also for young people until they reach their 16th birthday (and those who are 17-18 years but still accessing services at RHC). The service provides an individual patient-centred pathway from diagnosis or recognition that a condition is life-threatening or life-limiting.
The service provides and supports specialist symptom management, advance care planning and decision making and end of life care planning for children and young people with life-limiting conditions within hospital, community, hospice, school and social care settings.
The team will accept referrals from any healthcare professional. If a patient requires to be assessed by a member of the team the named consultant on the child or young person’s care must give approval. Get is touch with the team with an electronic referral via TrakCare - Paediatric Supportive and Palliative Care consult.
Essential Learning Resources
Babies.Children and Young Peoples Palliative Care (40 minute presentation by Caroline Porter, Diana Children's Nurse)