Specialist Palliative Care Support

Supportive Care

The National Council for Hospice and Specialist Care Services (NCHSPCS) suggest the following as a working definition:

“helps the patient and their family cope with cancer and treatment of it – from diagnosis, through to cure, continuing illness or death into bereavement. It helps the patient to maximise the benefits of treatment and to live as well as possible with the effects of the disease. It is given equal priority alongside diagnosis and treatment”

(NICE: Improving Supportive and Palliative Care for Adults with Cancer, 2004, p18)

Palliative Care

“the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families. Many aspects of palliative care are also applicable earlier in the course of the illness in conjunction with other treatments.”

(NICE: Improving Supportive and Palliative Care for Adults with Cancer, 2004, p20)

Specialist Palliative Care:

Offers specialist expertise to support the active care of patients with progressive advanced disease of limited prognosis including interventions to:

  • respond to unresolved symptoms and complex psychosocial issues
  • respond to complex end-of-life issues
  • respond to complex bereavement issues
  • provide support and advice to their families, friends and carers
  • provide support and advice to non-specialist health care staff


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