The route to success in end of life care: achieving quality for occupational therapy

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Corporate author(s)
NHS National End of Life Care Programme; College of Occupational Therapists
NHS National End of Life Care Programme
Date of publication
27 June 2011
Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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Occupational therapists have shown a great deal of interest in developing their role when working with people at the end of life, but have requested assistance in defining exactly what that role should be. The guide:

  • Supports proactive intervention for those reaching the end of life as well as the support required by carers
  • Provides advice on what interventions may be appropriate at each step of the pathway
  • Identifies the areas of knowledge with which occupational therapists should be familiar when working with people reaching the end of life
  • Combines both health and social care, in particular recognising the valuable contribution made by the social care workforce
  • Supports occupational therapy values of delivering holistic, person centred care.