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Palliative Social Work in the United Kingdom

Malcolm Payne and Margaret Reith

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work

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Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739110
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199975143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0064
Palliative Social Work in the United Kingdom

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This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Palliative care in the United Kingdom is integrated with the U.K. National Health Service.

Government policy is to transfer expertise drawn from palliative care services for people with advanced illness into end-of-life care for all citizens approaching the end of life.

Palliative social work in the United Kingdom is centered on a network of in-patient hospices, most of which also provide community palliative care.

Palliative care teams in hospitals may also include social workers.

The palliative social work emphasis on interpersonal practice contrasts with the mainly administrative care management role of most social workers in adult social care services in the United Kingdom.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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