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Proact Hosts Compassionate Care Event

7 July 2014

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Derbyshire health leaders have invited residents to an event at the Proact Stadium that will explain a new approach to end-of-life care.

The session, which is being held this Wednesday, will show how health and social care professionals will work together to deliver compassionate care which is tailored to the individual needs of the patient.

The event, running from 12.30pm to 5pm and starting with lunch, has been organised by NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for the Derbyshire Alliance for End-of-Life Care. The alliance is made up of primary and secondary care health organisations plus social care workers, hospice clinicians and the voluntary sector.

The CCGs and their partners have committed themselves to five new priorities for the care of dying people. The priorities mean that:

  • The possibility that a person may die within the coming days and hours is recognised and communicated clearly, decisions about care made in accordance with the person's needs and wishes, and these are reviewed and revised regularly by doctors and nurses.
  • Sensitive communication takes place between staff and the person who is dying and those important to them.
  • The dying person, and those identified as important to them, are involved in decisions about treatment and care.
  • The people important to the dying person are listened to and their needs are respected.
  • Care is tailored to the individual and delivered with compassion - with an individual care plan in place.
Dr Pauline Love, end-of-life lead for NHS North Derbyshire CCG and Macmillan GP advisor for the East Midlands, said: "It's absolutely vital that people approaching the end of their life receive the highest quality of care and support and are able to die with dignity, no matter who they are or where they live."

Members of the public do not have to book in advance to attend the meeting. However, to help with catering arrangements, people are asked to email beforehand if at all possible.

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