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Charity launches free palliative care information website for general nurses


A charity has launched a new free online resource aimed at supporting health and social care professionals who do not have particular expertise in palliative and end of life care.

It is the first time that a comprehensive and robust suite of end of life care material has been made available free, quickly and easily accessible all in one place, according to Marie Curie.

“We developed the knowledge zone with busy frontline professionals in mind”

Tracey Buckley

The charity said a lack of “knowledge and confidence” among some healthcare professionals meant they felt uncomfortable talking about the dying process, which could be a “huge barrier” to providing high quality care.

The Palliative Care Knowledge Zone is intended to give generalist health and social care staff the confidence to talk openly with patients and to meet their individual needs, said Marie Curie.

The initiative’s content covers key aspects of end of life care, including managing and alleviating symptoms, providing care for people with specific conditions, focusing on the needs of the individual and helping people during their final days.

Marie Curie

Free palliative care site launched for general nurses

Marie Curie Palliative Care Knowledge Zone

It also includes links to existing resources and signposts to other relevant organisations, where appropriate.

The content has been reviewed by a panel of experts from Marie Curie and other relevant organisations and tested by members of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Tracey Buckley, the project’s lead and former clinical nurse manager at Marie Curie, said: “We developed the knowledge zone with busy frontline professionals in mind. We’ve made sure that staff can access the right information as quickly as possible to support them in their caring role.

“User testing and early feedback have been overwhelmingly positive, so we’re confident that health and social care professionals will find our information and support useful in helping them to improve their knowledge and confidence in caring for people with a terminal illness,” she added.

The charity said the Knowledge Zone was suitable for different professional groups, including qualified and unqualified staff working across acute, community and primary care settings.

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Bill Noble

However, it suggested it would be particularly useful to junior members of staff and those with limited experience of caring for patients with a terminal illness, especially non-cancer conditions.

Professor Bill Noble, executive medical director at Marie Curie, said: We know that many professionals do not feel that they have received sufficient training on the care of people with a terminal illness and are not always aware of what resources are available to assist them.

“By sharing our expertise, we hope that more health and social care professionals feel more confident and better able to deliver the high quality, compassionate care that everyone expects and deserves,” he added.

Marie Curie

Free palliative care site launched for general nurses

Marie Curie Palliative Care Knowledge Zone


Readers' comments (2)

  • The Scottish Palliative Care guidelines are very good. Very clear, I use the App daily.

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  • Wonderful.This is one of the best things to read and get knowledge of as a staff nurse.Thank you

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