Palliative and end-of-life care: Bolton's AP foundation course.

Smith, Joanne ORCID: 0000-0002-7602-563X and Brown, Trish ORCID: 0000-0002-7806-2194 (2012) Palliative and end-of-life care: Bolton's AP foundation course. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 6 (3). pp. 133-136. ISSN 1753-1586

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There is nothing more certain in life than death. How we as individuals approach this challenging event will be influenced by personal experiences of the care we receive from health and social care providers. To ensure those experiencing the end of life receive a high-quality service, a fully trained and competent workforce is essential to turn the policy rhetoric into practice. Provision of excellence by the workforce is clearly linked to continuing professional development (CPD) and the education of frontline workers. As assistant practitioners (APs) have an important role to play in the provision of end-of-life care, accessing education and training in this aspect of their role is essential. The University of Bolton Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care Programme currently has a cohort of students who are undertaking a two-year foundation degree programme. This cohort of students works in 4 distinct areas—hospice inpatient services; hospice at home; day care services; and nursing homes in the north-west—and these students will specialise in palliative and end-of-life care in their second year. In this article, the first of four, the aim is to discuss provision of palliative and end-of-life care and how the AP will be enabled to access the knowledge and skills required to ensure the diverse and holistic needs of palliative and end-of-life patients are met.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: assistant practitioner, AP, communication skills, palliative and end-of-life care, person-centred care
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2016 17:16
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 09:32
Identification Number: 10.12968/bjha.2012.6.3.133

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