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“We need to talk about Palliative Care” - a call for written views, 02/07/15 - 12/08/15 [S]


The Health and Sport Committee has issued a call for written views which will run from 2 July to 12 August 2015.  Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written views to the Committee in relation to the inquiry remit. Those submitting views should feel free to address the issues in whatever manner they prefer, but it would be appreciated if they could attempt to address the questions set out below—

  • What has been your experience in terms of access to palliative and end of life care?
  • How could it be ensured that access to palliative and end of life care is equitable and available in all areas and for all types of terminal illnesses?
  • Can you identify any areas in terms of access to palliative and end of life care that should be focused on as priorities?
  • When is the right time to begin discussing options for Palliative Care, who should be party to that discussion, who should initiate it and where should it take place?
  • What works well in discussing palliative and end of life care and how is good practise communicated? Where do the challenges remain?
  • What is the role of anticipatory care plans in supporting Palliative Care discussions and how can their uptake be improved?
  • How should information about Palliative Care be made available to patients and their family during any initial discussions and how easily available is this information?
  • What training and support is provided to Health and Care staff on discussing Palliative Care with patients and families and are there any areas for improvement?
  • How do Health and Care organisations ensure that the discussions about palliative and end of life care are taking place at the right time?
  • What are the challenges in recording and documenting Palliative Care priorities and how well are those priorities communicated between different health and care providers?

For full details see the Scottish Parliament website.

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“We need to talk about Palliative Care” - a call for written views