[A brief reference to this item appears in: Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 3, October 2012].
This guide, produced by National End of Life Care Programme (NEoLCIN) and the College of Social Work, covers all aspects of social work involvement in the last year of life. This guide follows the six-step end of life care pathway and includes key issues and actions for social workers and their managers, useful tips, reflective questions, examples of good practice and case-studies.
“For some, the period from diagnosis to death may be short; for others, for example those with long-term conditions such as dementia, the final phase of life may extend over several years, making it particularly important to initiate discussions when the person still has capacity to engage in them”. (p.12)
Section headings comprise:
- Social work’s core values and skills for end of life care.
- The current challenge.
- Social work across the end of life care pathway.
- Step 1: Discussion as the end of life approaches.
- Step 2: Assessment, care planning and review.
- Step 3: Co-ordination of care.
- Step 4: Delivering high quality care in different settings.
- Step 5: Care in the last days of life.
- Step 6: Care after death.
- Key messages.
- Further resources.
National End of Life Care Programme (2012). The route to success in end of life care : achieving quality for social work. Leicester: National End of Life Care Programme (NEoLCIN), July 2012. 41p. ISBN: 9781908874306.