Providing compassionate care on the journey towards the end of life generates a number of challenges for the professionals caring for a patient and their family. Many of the issues that cause ethical dilemmas are emotive and can create tension within professional teams and misperceptions amongst the public.
As an organisation, Trinity Hospice has decided to make a clear position statement on a number of common, challenging ethical dilemmas. It is intended to work as a succinct guide on the issues for members of staff and users of our service.
The statement takes into account:
- Professional guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
- Professional statements from the Association of Palliative Medicine for Great Britain and Ireland
- Statements from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of General Practice (RCGP)
- The current law in England
- Opinions expressed by staff working in our service and the consensus of professionals working in specialist palliative care
- Our assessment of the impact of the statement on patient care across the family of services that make up Trinity Hospice and Palliative Care Services.
Postion statements for Trinity Oct15