Specialist Palliative Care team
Care is provided by Jersey Hospice Care wherever the patient is.
This means you will be seen by a member of the team in your own home, in a nursing or residential home, or in the hospital. The team use their specialist knowledge and expertise to provide advice and support for patients with advanced life-limiting illnesses and their families and carers. The team uses a holistic approach encompassing physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being.
The specialist team comprises:
Clinical Nurse Specialists and Specialist Palliative Care Nurses
Experienced nurses with specialist palliative care knowledge and skills to help manage patients’ distressing symptoms and assist them to make informed choices about their care.
An experienced nurse whose main objective is to provide advice, support and education to nursing and residential care staff to deliver palliative and end of life care to their residents. This role also supports the implementation of the Gold Standards Framework programme in the community.
End of Life Care Facilitator
An experienced nurse seconded from an acute medical ward in the hospital to deliver advice, support and education to hospital staff providing palliative and end of life care to their patients in an acute hospital setting. This role also supports the implementation of the Gold Standards Framework programme in the hospital.
This team provides Specialist Palliative Care advice and support across three locations:
- Community – delivered by GPs
- Hospice – delivered by an Associate Specialist, GPs and Advanced Nurse Practitioners
- Hospital – Associate Specialist
Specialist Palliative Care Pharmacist
The pharmacist is seconded from the hospital and their role is to ensure safe, effective and rational use of medicines to improve your health and well-being. Our Pharmacist is based on the In Patient Unit but can be accessed by all health care professionals in any setting on the island requiring advice, support and education on safe prescribing and administration of palliative medicines.
There are three GP Champions:
- Dr Kirsi Jaakola (Island Medical Centre)
- Dr Stephen Perchard (Health Plus)
- Dr Ben Rogers (Indigo surgery)
Their role is to inform and support GPs with island wide initiatives in Palliative and End of Life Care. They also support the implementation of the Gold Standards Framework programme in the community.
Multi Disciplinary Team Coordinator
Provides administrative support to the team.
24 hour advice
Jersey Hospice Care is able to offer Specialist Palliative Care advice by telephone 24 hours a day. This advice line can be accessed by any Healthcare Professional in the community or in the hospital regardless of whether or not the patient they wish to discuss is known to Jersey Hospice Care. Patients or their carers known to us may also call for advice and support and, if required, face to face visits can be arranged.
The team has access to off-island consultant medical advice 24 hours a day as required.