This very accessible, straightforward book helps to allay those concerns and enables pre-registration students to prepare confidently for the challenges they will face when they are caring for dying patients and supporting their families. Each chapter is based on a different and realistic scenario - reflecting a range of circumstances - to demonstrate the essential generic knowledge and skills they need to develop, and draws out the important practical and theoretical issues students should consider and address if patients and their families are to receive the best possible care. Written by two experienced palliative care lecturer/practitioners, and mapping closely to the NMC's 2010 domains, End-of-Life Nursing Care is tailored to the needs of student nurses working with adult patients. Annie Pettifer and Joanna de Souza explore the importance of their role in end-of-life care and how this interfaces with the roles of other multidisciplinary professionals involved in the care of their patients. It will also be helpful to students of other health care professions and support newly-qualified healthcare professionals working in adult health.

Calling in the Palliative Care Team

Calling in the Palliative Care Team

Calling in the palliative care team
Joanna De Souza

This chapter will explore:

  • The different levels of palliative care
  • Making specialist palliative care referrals
  • Involving the family as part of the care team
  • Making use of the multidisciplinary specialist palliative care team
  • When professionals have different views on how a patient should be cared for


When it becomes clear that a patient is nearing the end of life, it can raise a feeling of anxiety in us as professionals, about what the patient's needs may be and that we will not be able to meet them all. It is common that when a decision is made that a patient will have no further curative treatment, someone will suggest that a referral is made to the specialist ...

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