Macmillan Specialist Care at Home in Dudley is one of six pilot projects across England, aiming to transform the way palliative care and end of life care services are provided for people affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions.
The pilot is being funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and Dudley CCG and delivered in partnership with The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and Mary Stevens Hospice in Stourbridge.
The pilot aim is to maximise patient choice by providing as much treatment and support in the home or community as possible. We do this by working with teams from different disciplines based in the community to enable patients and carers to access specialist care at home without the need to attend hospital or to be admitted.
New single point of access hub:
Based at Mary Stevens Hospice, our new hub makes it quicker and easier for health professionals to refer patients to the specialist palliative care team in Dudley.
Clinicians now only need to phone one referral number which takes them straight through to the Dudley Macmillan Specialist Care at Home team. They will assess each referral and ensure patients get the right care, first time. It will also mean hospital, hospice and community teams working more closely together, resulting in care that is better coordinated and puts the needs of patients first.
In addition the service now has a telephone advice line available Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm, manned by a clinician, to provide telephone support to professionals who require specialist palliative care advice. Please click on professionals on the left hand side for more details.
Macmillan and Dudley CCG have also provided funding for two new part-time consultants, who are based at the hub and will be delivering additional expert care to patients in the community. The hub also offers expert palliative care support and advice when clinicians need it.
Clinicians wishing to refer into the service can find the referral number, email address and referral form by clicking ‘Professionals’ on the left.
Macmillan Specialist Care at Home pilot Lead
Julie Gardiner, (01384) 321800 or email DMSCaH@nhs.net