Ambition 3 – Maximising comfort and wellbeing
“My care is regularly reviewed and every effort is made for me to have the support, care and treatment that might be needed to help me to be as comfortable as possible and as free from distress as possible.”
Staff in South Cheshire, Vale Royal and Eastern Cheshire were aware that care for patients at the end of life could be significantly improved if they found a better way of sharing information about these patients with all those professionals caring for them. EPaCCS was the sensible approach to take.
End of Life Care in Advanced kidney Disease: A Framework for implementation
End of Life Care in Advanced Kidney Disease: A Framework for Implementation sets out how to achieve high quality end of life care for people with kidney disease in practice. The Framework is about enabling people to achieve high quality end of life care, rather than 'telling them what to do'. To achieve this, it explores the 'kidney specific' issues of end of life care focusing on patients opting for conservative kidney management and those "deteriorating despite" dialysis. The overarching aim is to help people with advanced kidney disease make informed choices about their needs for supportive and end of life care.
Harrogate EPaCCS case study
Staff identified a need to develop and implement a locality register of patients at the end of life and improve the sharing of information and coordination of care between care providers. The use of EPaCCS was in line with the move towards shared care records for all people whose care spans a range of agencies.