Impact of the Powys Macmillan GP clinical facilitator project: views of health-care professionals

Noble, B., Hughes, P., Ingleton, C., Berg, J. and Clark, D. (2003) Impact of the Powys Macmillan GP clinical facilitator project: views of health-care professionals. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 9(12), pp. 528-533.

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The UK charity, Macmillan Cancer Relief, commissioned a 3-year pilot project employing 12GP clinical facilitators (GPCFs). The aim was to raise the standard of generalist palliative care, provide extended clinical palliative care and provide a coordinated framework for commissioning specialist palliative and cancer care in Powys, rural Wales. As part of the comprehensive evaluation, surveys of GPCFs, GPs, district nurses and community hospital nurses were undertaken in order to record changes in palliative care activity, specialist palliative care services and training needs. Services providing 24-hour nursing and social services were perceived as in need of development. Referrals to Macmillan nurses increased by 40% and GPs reported that time spent on palliative care increased, on average, from a quarter of a day to half a day per week, although district nurses reported a reduction in palliative care activity. The majority of nurses thought that the GPCFs contribution was important. The use of local palliative care guidelines increased significantly among district nurses by the end of the project.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clark, Professor David
Authors: Noble, B., Hughes, P., Ingleton, C., Berg, J., and Clark, D.
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Journal Abbr.:Int J Palliat Nurs.
Publisher:Mark Allen Publishing Ltd.

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