Developing a palliative care outreach service
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Developing a palliative care outreach service

Jenny Sharp Palliative care nurse practitioners, Priscilla Bacon Lodge, Colman Hospital, Norwich, Norfolk
Jane Oldham Palliative care nurse practitioners, Priscilla Bacon Lodge, Colman Hospital, Norwich, Norfolk

This article describes the development of a palliative care outreach service by two nurse practitioners into ten community hospitals. The service was designed to improve equity of service delivery in the area and to meet national initiatives aimed at developing palliative care services. It involved responding to direct referrals while developing an educational programme for staff members. The results of a survey, which identified achievements for patient care and staff development, are discussed.

Correspondence jcsharp@tiscali.co.uk

Nursing Standard. 18, 32,33-37. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.04.18.32.33.c3594

Published in print: 21 April 2004

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review