EPaCCS: Supporting clinical decision making in Out of Hours Care for patients at the end of life
As a GP providing out of hours care to our local population, historically providing truly collaborative palliative care has been difficult because of the lack of information on areas such as diagnosis and prognosis and the lack of sharing of advance planning that outline patients’ wishes about preferred place of care and death. In the past, the system was reliant on GP practices uploading information to the out of hours system and this information was often very brief – mainly concerning resuscitation status but little else. With the advent of EPaCCS this has revolutionised the information we receive and our ability to tailor care to the patient’s wishes. I am seeing the benefit of this with every shift I work out of hours.
I encourage everyone to continue to complete and upload EPaCCS records so that we can improve our offer of excellent palliative care for all our patients and their loved ones.
Dr Jenni Lawrence Macmillan GP Lead NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG
Humber Coast & Vale STP EPaCCs Programme