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Ethical questions – our position
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 lead to misunderstandings and inaccurate perceptions of hospice and end of life care.
Here at Trinity, we are open and honest in everything we do, and have clear position statements on a number of common ethical dilemmas. We hope these go some way to explain the challenges we may face, and our considered response to them.
Our statements take into account:
- Professional guidance from the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Professional statements from the Association of Palliative Medicine for Great Britain and Ireland
- Statements from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practice
- The current law in England
- Opinions expressed by staff working in Trinity 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 Trinity services