Isabel Hospice employed their first Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2006 to provide education and direct support for referred patients to nursing homes from a grant by the James Tudor Foundation. This enabled us to be one of the first hospices to support care homes directly.
Since this time, the role has developed and the Clinical Nurse Specialist has worked closely with the East of England NHS ABC Education Care Home programme to deliver end of life education to both residential and nursing homes together with domiciliary care agencies. This work has been audited and presented nationally at palliative care conferences.
From March 2016, an initiative providing education into both residential and nursing homes by an Clinical Nurse Specialist will commence. There will be a focus on dementia care alongside end of life education for those with life limiting illnesses.
You can find out more here: Dementia Friends
Individuals who reside in care homes can still be referred for specialist advice and will be supported by locality Clinical Nurse Specialists. Referrals can be made to our service directly from care homes or via General Practitioners. Referrals are accepted for symptom control and psychological support for both the patient and family. To make a referral, please see ‘How to make a referral’.