Brent and Harrow Advanced Heart Failure Improvement Programme, Harrow
St Luke’s Hospice in Harrow, London, developed a programme with local NHS trusts to improve advanced heart failure (HF) care.
The programme developed a tool to help community HF nurses identify people with HF who could benefit from palliative care. These cases are discussed in a monthly meeting at the hospital before a final decision about care is made. The programme has increased the adoption of palliative care terminology, access to advance care planning and specialist palliative care services, death outside of hospital, and job satisfaction of community HF nurses.
Links, references, and key reading
Hospice UK. 2017. Heart failure and hospice care: how to make a difference. London: Hospice UK