Twitter chats engage debate around end of life services
by Dr Phil McCarvill Head of Policy
Since the start of the year, Marie Curie and the Health Service Journal (HSJ) have run three Twitter chats to raise awareness of our end of life care services.
The chats covered three important themes:
- partnership working in end of life care
- access and inequality in end of life care
- helping to keep terminally ill people out of hospital, if there is no medical need to be there, and in the community
At each Twitter chat followers of @MarieCurieEOLC, including NHS commissioners and healthcare professionals, took part in the lively debates and posted questions and comments directly to our Marie Curie spokespeople, including Dr Peter Nightingale, National End of Life Care Lead for Marie Curie and the Royal College of GPs; Dr Michael Cooke, Head of Analytics; and me (you can see me in action at the computer). Up to 150 tweets were posted for each chat with lots of interesting ideas generated and discussed.
.@HSJnews over a quarter of people use LA funded social care at the end of life and 20% deaths in care homes http://t.co/VSjB7pplwt #HSJEOLC — Marie Curie EOLC (@MarieCurieEOLC) April 11, 2014
@heblau @MarieCurieEOLC Belgian study shows GPs thought perhaps 24% of hosp admissions could be avoided? http://t.co/TAcZkSgQvK #HSJEOLC — Catherine Walshe (@cewalshe) April 11, 2014
As well as the Twitter chats, we’ve also developed the Marie Curie commissioning channel on end of life care with HSJ. The channel contains opinion from across Marie Curie. Our Chief Executive, Dr Jane Collins, writes about shifting resources to the community; Dr Peter Nightingale shares his thoughts on partnership working while Diana Hekerem, our Divisional Business and Service Development Manager for Scotland, looks at the best ways to improve rural access to end of life care. You'll also find articles on topics such as inequality in end of life care and the fundamental changes required in end of life care, which includes the results of a recent CCG barometer survey of commissioners.
Find out more
- Visit the Marie Curie Commissioning channel on HSJ
- Find out how Marie Curie works with commissioners
- Sign up to receive our newsletter with news, policy and best practice for end of life commissioners. Just email us with your name, Clinical Commissioning Group and commissioning role.