Caring together

Elderly couple at home

We are working in partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on a five-year programme called Caring Together. It aims to improve the quality of, and access to, palliative care for any patients in the advanced stages of heart failure.

Palliative care means preventing and relieving suffering, and improving the quality of life for patients and their families who are facing the problems associated with advanced illness.

Caring Together supports the Scottish Government's action plan for palliative care services, Living and Dying Well. This calls for a more equitable provision of end of life care services for patients with any advanced, progressive or incurable condition across all care settings.

Objectives

Caring Together aims to develop pioneering models of palliative care which:

  • meet the needs of patients and carers
  • complement the optimal management of heart failure (and other diagnosed conditions)
  • promote equity of access to palliative care for heart failure patients
  • acknowledge the patient's preferences in place of care, including home
  • enable increased choice of place of care for patients – for example in hospital, hospice, care home and at home
  • improve coordination of care among stakeholders
  • Caring Together will be independently evaluated. This will help us to further find out the palliative care needs of patients in the advanced stages of heart failure.

We will also be looking at whether a programme like Caring Together can be applied elsewhere in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

For more information please email [email protected].