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Rapid response end of life care team offers opportunities for band 6 nurses and HCAs

Karen Titchener discusses her new service and the work of nurses who give overnight palliative care in patients’ homes.  

Karen Titchener discusses her new service and the work of nurses who give overnight palliative care in patients’ homes

Picture credit: David Tett

When Karen Titchener helped launch an out-of-hours end of life nursing team she saw an opportunity to reduce gaps in the service as well as potential for her own role.

The deputy head of nursing and clinical lead at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, is enthusiastic about the benefits the programme has brought.

The pal@home service, which began in December, is a rapid-response nursing care service. It provides prompt clinical support and short-term intervention from 8pm to 8am, seven days a week.

‘We are helping patients to die in their

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