Question 1

How do you ensure that the doctors and nurses you employ are aware of the Fast Track Pathway Continuing Healthcare eligibility criteria and of how to process an application?

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust ensures that this is taught to all its Doctors and Nurses internally within their respective teams on the wards.

Question 2

How do you ensure that you comply with paragraph 107 of the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care (see below)?

  • NHS continuing healthcare assessments, care planning and commissioning for those with end of life needs should be carried out in an integrated manner, as part of the individual’s overall end of life care pathway, and should reflect the approaches set out in the national End of Life Care Strategy, with full account being taken of patient preferences, including those set out in advance care plans. Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s EOLC policy is in line with DOH EOLC strategy and other national guidance on EOLC, and the Supportive & Palliative Care team (SPCT) routinely collect data on patients preferred place of care, preferred place of death, and whether or not the patient has an advance care plan (or PACE document). Furthermore the SPCT coordinate with the medical / surgical team, and the discharge team to ensure that the patient’s preferences are taken into account; the SPCT also liaise with primary care team, and community palliative care services.

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