How an extended palliative care service has benefited patients
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How an extended palliative care service has benefited patients

Julie Rowlands Macmillan clinical nurse specialist palliative care, Velindre Hospital, Cardiff
Nikki Pease Consultant in palliative medicine, Velindre Hospital, Cardiff
Ilora Finlay Professor of palliative medicine, Velindre Hospital, Cardiff, Cardiff University
Helen Way Clinical nurse specialist, Velindre Hospital, Cardiff
Viv Cooper Head of nursing, Velindre Hospital, Cardiff
Ilora Finlay
Chirs Lloyd Independent reviewer of seven-day working in Wales

Patients may need to seek help with pain or symptoms outside normal working hours. Julie Rowlands and colleagues report on the successful introduction of seven-day working by specialist nurses in an inpatient setting

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2004) guidance for improving supportive and palliative care for adults with cancer identified a need for specialist teams to provide face-to-face patient assessment seven days a week. In response, seven-day working for clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) in palliative care has been introduced across Wales. In this article, a group of CNSs working in a hospital support palliative care team based in a cancer centre discuss the challenges of implementing seven-day working and an initial evaluation of its effectiveness.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 11, 7,24-29. doi: 10.7748/cnp2012.09.11.7.24.c9293

Correspondence

julie.rowlands@wales.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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