Nursing Adviser, Cancer Policy Team, Department of Health
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) was commissioned to undertake an evidence-based review of supportive and palliative care services. In many areas, progress to date has been encouraging. NICE draft guidance is currently out for consultation, and final guidance is set to be published early next year.
Inappropriate admissions are often due to a lack of training in pain control or other areas. One Cancer Plan commitment is to provide £6 million over three years (2001-2004) to fund additional education and support for over 10 000 district and community nurses in the principles and practice of palliative care. King’s College London University is evaluating the programme.
The DoH expects the new arrangements to ensure the £50 million cancer pledge is more than met so that, in the future all those affected by cancer will be able to access a wide range of high-quality supportive and specialist palliative care services.
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