Today the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) launches a new report highlighting the lack of data about staff working in palliative and end of life care and how it could lead to staff shortages in the next few years.
Commenting in response, Dr Ros Taylor, MBE, Clinical Director, at national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said:
“The current lack of data about palliative care staff is concerning and creates a major barrier to effective workforce planning for the future, especially given the increased demand to support the complex care needs of the UK’s ageing population.
“A skilled workforce is vital to the delivery of the best possible care for terminally ill people and their families. Skills and resilience are needed, whether in a generalist community role or in a specialised setting such as a hospice.
“Given the emotionally demanding nature of the care they provide, some hospices are already facing challenges in recruiting staff. Hospices are tackling this in creative ways, adopting new measures to increase staff resilience, employing the skills of volunteers in more clinically facing roles and exploring collaborative roles with neighbouring teams.
“Hospice workforce issues are a key strategic focus for Hospice UK and we are actively supporting local hospices to tackle this challenge. Collecting the right data is the first step to future solutions.”
Notes to editor
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
- Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
- For further information about hospice care follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
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