The route to success in end of life care: achieving quality for occupational therapy

NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE. National End of Life Care Programme
National Health Service. National End of Life Care Programme
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This guide is intended to help occupational therapists working in hospitals, hospices, in the community, care homes or any other setting to deal with the challenges of supporting someone who is dying and to identify how and when they need to access specialist support from health professionals and other organisations. Specifically, it aims to support occupational therapists to engage with key professionals in ensuring that those who may be in the last months of their life receive high quality end-of-life care. The guide will also be useful to health and social care professionals who work in partnership with occupational therapists to clarify the occupational therapy role and to ensure that people can access appropriate occupational therapy care and support. The guide follows the 6 steps of the end-of-life care pathway, beginning with initiating discussions as end-of-life approaches and concluding with care after death. Each section outlines the relevant step of the pathway and outlines questions to ask about the individual’s care and the practitioner’s role in that care. The guide also includes case studies which illustrate the occupational therapy role.

Subject terms:
joint working, occupational therapists, occupational therapy, quality assurance, social care provision, care pathways, end of life care, health care;
Content type:
practice guidance
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