Better end-of-life care in Barnet and Enfield

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  A new approach that improves care for people affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions at the end of their life is to be introduced in North London. North London Hospice is working with Macmillan Cancer Support to trial a model called Macmillan Specialist Care at Home. Based on a Swedish model of advanced home care, Macmillan Specialist Care at Home2 is led by a community-based consultant doctor working with a team of highly skilled doctors, nurses, support workers and other professionals to provide flexible and personalised care.  People affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions are referred for specialist care at the earliest opportunity, and offered as much medical treatment and support in the home as possible.  The team also collaborates with a range of local health and social care organisations to join up and co-ordinate the right support for the individual and their family. The programme in Barnet and will start supporting patients from August 2014 and will run until 2016, at which point an external evaluation undertaken by academics at Nottingham University’s Sue Ryder Centre will inform future plans. Pam McClinton, Chief Executive, North London Hospice, added: “North London Hospice has delivered specialist palliative care at home for almost three decades now. We are delighted to be working with Macmillan Cancer Support to explore ways that we can extend and enhance our specialist home service that benefits both patients and families. Our vision is that everyone in our diverse community affected by potentially life threatening illness has equal access to the services and support they need to optimise their quality of life.” Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support, says: We know that three quarters of cancer patients would prefer to spend their final days in their own home with family and friends, but less than a third actually do.  To allow people a real choice, we need health and social care services to be coordinated into a seamless package of care.  We hope that by testing the Macmillan Specialist Care at Home approach with the North London Hospice in Barnet and Enfield we will further demonstrate a blueprint for the way end of life care is delivered in the future.”  

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