Most of the last year of a person’s life is spent at home with some care being delivered during out of normal working hour’s periods such as, evenings, night time and weekends.
Out of hours palliative care in the home can be delivered by health care professionals including doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants. Healthcare assistants deliver most of the bedside patient care by helping qualified nurses.
They are not required to be trained to any national standard and are usually only provided with informal job-related training.
Research suggests that healthcare assistants support family members, provide most of the personal care to patients in the home and play a key role in delivering care to the dying.
However, their role and influence on the delivery of out of hour’s palliative care is unknown but may help a patient remain at home.
Publications to Date
Duration of Project
- 30 months
- Funder: Marie Curie Research Grant
Members of the project
Head of School and Professor of Nursing and Palliative care
Emeritus Chair at the International Observatory on End of Life Care
Lecturer in Statistics
Dr Anne Fee
Dr Tracey McConnell
Senior Research Fellow
|Dr Christine Shannon||Research Associate|