Collaborative services show positive outcomes for end of life care
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Collaborative services show positive outcomes for end of life care

Jennifer Garside End of life care facilitator, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Teresa Barley Life care facilitator, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Valerie Wellings Education and learning facilitator, St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester

Jennifer Garside and colleagues describe how the introduction of a package for acutely unwell individuals with poor prognosis has transformed provision and improved the experiences of patients and their families

The authors outline the benefits of participating in the Transforming End of Life Care in Acute Hospitals Programme. The article describes the introduction at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust of the amber care bundle, an approach used in hospitals when clinicians are concerned that patients are acutely unwell and their potential for recovery is uncertain.

The bundle is supported with staff education and carer feedback using the VOICES questionnaire, which carers or relatives fill out post-bereavement. The authors also discuss the potential to measure outcomes to indicate quality, by linking the amber care bundle quality audit and the adapted VOICES questionnaire to demonstrate the impact of the introduction of the amber care bundle.

Nursing Management. 20, 7,16-22. doi: 10.7748/nm2013.11.20.7.16.e1118

Correspondence

jennifer.garside@worcsacute.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 04 June 2013

Accepted: 02 September 2013