Sharing expertise across different specialties

24th August 2020

Providing high quality, compassionate and holistic palliative care for patients and their families is a sensitive and demanding part of any health professional’s work, all the more so in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and the changes it has forced upon the NHS and wider care system.  

Clinicians at the Cicely Saunders Institute have recently produced guidance – published in the BMJ – on the palliative approach to the management of patients with severe Covid-19 in hospital and community settings.  The guidance focuses on the management of distressing symptoms, planning ahead, communicating with patients and their families, and grief and bereavement.   Read more about the guidance here.

As attention turns to preparing for a possible surge of the virus this autumn and winter, the guidance is being shared with and disseminated by key specialties on the COVID-19 frontline to help them meet the challenges they are facing.

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, the Intensive Care Society, Association of Anaesthetists and  Royal College of Anaesthetists have shared the guidance via their COVID hub  https://icmanaesthesiacovid-19.org/palliative-care-for-patients-with-severe-covid-19