The Tayside Palliative and End of Life Care (TayPEOLC) Managed Care Network has got off to a flying start since it was established in 2017.
Over 200 colleagues from across the Health and Social Care Partnerships in Tayside including representatives from the independent, voluntary organisations, patients and carers came together in October to celebrate the launch of the MCN.
There was huge anticipation and enthusiasm evident at the launch and since then the MCN has established a number of working groups focusing on key areas such as data collection and audit, education and training, end of life care and research.
The TayPEOLC MCN is keen to support and facilitate quality improvement and research in palliative and end of life care. A research project is underway led by the Glasgow School of Art and Dundee University – Future Transitions in Palliative Care: care across the lifespan for people with life limiting conditions – which the Cornhill Macmillan Centre and CHAS are participating in. There are also two Health Improvement Scotland quality improvement projects underway in Tayside which aim to improve identification and care coordination for patients with palliative care needs living at home and being cared for by primary healthcare teams and also those living with advanced dementia in care homes.
The MCN Data Collection and Audit Group is working with colleagues across the Health and Social Care Partnerships to consider data collection approaches which capture the quality of palliative and end of life care (PEOLC) across Tayside. They are currently undertaking some interesting work to analyse the cohort of people who spend >5% and >10% of their last six months in hospital including unscheduled admissions.
The TayPEOLC MCN Research Group will meet for the first time on 18 May 2018, from 1-4.30pm in the Seminar Room, Palliative Education Centre at Roxburghe House in Dundee to bring active/interested people together to talk about PEOLC research. The group aims to provide a community of practice that supports the undertaking of high quality PEOLC research and ensures research knowledge is translated into care settings to improve the quality of care of people with palliative and end of life care needs. If you are interested in attending this event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The MCN team would like to engage with wider network colleagues to help shape what the priorities for the TayPEOLC MCN over the next five years should be, which will help inform the overall MCN strategy. A TayPEOLC MCN network event is being held on 19 June from 2.15-5pm in the Improvement Academy at Ninewells Hospital.