Cancer Support

Specialist Palliative Care

The goal of specialist palliative care is to ensure the best quality of life for Adults and Older Adults with life limiting conditions and their families through the direct care of those with complex needs and with links with other specialist services / teams.

The role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist is to work in partnership with the primary care team and hold a caseload of those patients with complex specialist palliative care needs. Each patient with a life limiting condition will be assessed holistically using an agreed tool at the beginning of their palliative diagnosis and at appropriate points of the care pathway.
Referral is made to other services and agencies as appropriate and the team will work with the relevant key worker at any given time.

The Specialist Palliative Care team includes a Specialist Palliative Care Physiotherapist whose aim is to maximise patients’ ability to function, promote independence and assist them to adapt to their condition. This is available to patients in north and mid Beds localities. The Specialist Palliative Care Physiotherapist will also give educational support to South Beds locality.

The team also work in partnership with Bedfordshire Partnership for Excellence in Palliative Support (PEPS).

Where service is based

Across Bedfordshire, aligned with community nursing teams and GP practices.

Hours of operation

Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00

Weekends – On Call 09.00 – 17.00
Work in partnership with PEPS (Partnership for Excellence in Palliative Support)  providing out of hours  specialist assessment, advice and support. Contact can be made via PEPS Contact Centre Tel:  (01767) 641349 or Onecall Tel: (0345 6024064)

How to contact service

John Bunyan House
Bedford Health Village
Kimbolton Road
Bedford

Tel: 01234 310000

How to access service

The service is available for all adults (18 years the service and over) with a life limiting illness registered with a Bedfordshire GP

Referrals are accepted from:

  • GPs
  • Health Care Professionals
  • PEPs

The team provides support to the patient normal place of residence including care homes, acute hospitals, hospices and prison. Patients will be encouraged to attend planned clinics where appropriate determined on an individual basis.