Unfortunately, many people with terminal cancer currently don’t get the palliative and supportive care they need. By not receiving palliative care at the right time, patients and their families may not have support in place to ensure they have the best quality of life possible, with proper management of physical problems such as pain, as well as emotional issues. Many patients, also do not receive the end of life support they need to enable them to fulfil their last wish to stay at home or emotional support around death and the loss of a loved one. We want to change this.
To make sure cancer patients get the right support and care for them, we are investing in research that will help GPs manage the palliative care needs of patients and their families. This will involve training GPs and evaluating a tool they can use to assess someone’s needs accurately. This will, in turn, reduce anxiety for them and their families, while helping improve their quality of life at a very difficult but important time.
We are investing in a four-year research programme that will improve the quality of palliative care across Yorkshire. Working with local hospices, researchers will investigate how and when people receive palliative care.
The aim is to introduce new measures to improve how symptoms are formally assessed and monitored, and make sure clinical teams have the resources and training to help them best address symptoms.