Care UK: End of life care HMP Dartmoor

Prisoners approaching the end of life at HMP Dartmoor have been involved in care planning and supported to die in prison, while being supported through a “buddy” system and with changes to the prison routine such as increased family visits. Care UK worked with prison staff and St Luke’s Hospice to ensure they could die with dignity, with compassionate care, without having to be escorted to hospital or transferred away from the prison.

Specialist nurses from the hospice attend the hospital regularly, to monitor any signs of deterioration and give advice on symptom control. A new complex care nurse role has been created to take on a caseload of patients and provide a point of contact for end of life care as well as organising training for other staff. A “living with cancer” group has been set up and links have been made with Marie Curie service.

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  • County Durham and Darlington FT: The Acute Intervention Team
  • Hospice in the Weald: Re-thinking Falls at the End of Life
  • Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare Trust in partnership with Spark the Difference: Removing the Elephant in the Room: Supporting staff to talk about death and dying

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