Marie Curie launches free online resource for end of life care
Marie Curie has launched a free online resource for health and social care professionals who don’t have expertise in palliative and end of life care.
The charity says 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. Tracey Buckley, Marie Curie’s Palliative Care Knowledge Zone project lead and former clinical nurse manager at Marie Curie, said evidence suggested that some health and social care professionals felt uncomfortable talking about the dying process because they don’t have the knowledge and confidence to do so, and this could be a huge barrier to providing high quality care.
“The new Marie Curie Palliative Care Knowledge Zone aims to help give generalist health and social care staff the confidence to talk openly with their patients and provide the best possible care to meet their individual needs and wishes,” said Ms Buckley.
“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.”
The Knowledge Zone is described as being suitable for different professional groups, including qualified and unqualified staff working across acute, community and primary care settings. It is said to be particularly useful to junior members of staff and those with limited experience of caring for people with a terminal illness, especially those with non-cancer conditions.