Palliative Care Policy

Goal of Palliative Care is the achievement of the best Quality of life for the patient and their families.

Palliative Care is the Active and Total Care of the patient whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment.

Palliative Care perceives Death and Dying as a normal process that confirms life and living.

Palliative Care does not seek to hasten or prolong death but it does aim to help patients to live as actively as possible when near to death.

Palliative Care can include a range of interventions and advanced techniques.  This may include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Antibiotic Therapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Surgery including Percutaneous, endoscopic and intervention techniques

Cancer Specialists are by far the most advanced in planned care pathways for patients resulting from the vision and perseverance of Dame Cicely Saunders and the development of proactive groups (Nurses, Doctors, Patients, Family and Champions (Celebs/Friends).


It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of goods end of life care.  After all, we only ever have one chance to get it right.

Deaths occur in a variety of settings from hospitals, care homes, hospices and in the individuals own home.  Many people will be transferred many times between these different settings in their final years, months, days and hours.  So being responsive to their individual needs and preferences is an enormous challenge.

How can we as carers meet the challenges and what do we feel we can do?

Is working with someone at the end of life any different from working with them throughout their time of stable health.

Has a dying person any less need for good quality care.

Do they have the same rights as they had when they were not dying?

We have a Bill of Right for the Living.

What have we for those who are reaching the end of their life.

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