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Enabling patients with cancer or other advanced illness to be cared for at home

A multi-professional team, working closely with the entire community in Southwark

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Southwark Circle aims to enable patients with cancer or other advanced illness to be cared for at home, and to die at home if that is their preference. Care may be provided to prevent admission to an inpatient unit, for respite or crisis management, or for longer periods of time. Care is intended to be of the highest possible standard so as to enhance the quality of life of patients, carers and families.

Southwark Circle is an integral component of palliative home care, bringing the skills, ethos and practical care associated with ‘Hospice’ into the home environment and putting the patient and those who matter to them at the centre of care. Palliative home care forms a spectrum from advisory and educational roles to hands-on care, in response to the changing needs of the patient and carers.

The aim is to enable patients with cancer or other advanced illness to be cared for at home, and to die at home if that is their preference. Care may be provided to prevent admission to an inpatient unit, for respite or crisis management, or for longer periods of time. Care is intended to be of the highest possible standard so as to enhance the quality of life of patients, carers and families.

Carer Requirements

Staffing Requirements

Southwark Circle is provided by a multi-professional team, working closely with the entire community specialist palliative care team and the primary care team. The minimum requirements for Full Members are:

One or more nurses who hold a specialist practitioner recordable qualification in palliative care, who will normally carry out initial assessments and may provide leadership and supervision to the team.

  • Nurses with suitable qualifications and /or experience to provide hands-on nursing and basic psychological and social support.
  • 24-hour access to specialist, palliative medical advice.
  • Easy access to other professionals, and in particular to social work and counselling skills.
  • The professional staff may be supported by volunteers who have had appropriate training.

Operational Requirements

Hospice at Home provides hands-on expert nursing care, on up to a 24-hour basis, along with other appropriate elements of palliative care including:

  • Emotional, psychological and social support, with clear protocols for referral as necessary to specialist colleagues in social work, counselling, spiritual care, psychology and psychiatry.
  • Access to specialist colleagues in other disciplines, such as physiotherapy, as required.
  • Close collaboration and communication with the primary care team, the patient’s acute hospital specialists if appropriate, and other agencies.

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