Inverclyde Community Integrated Palliative Outcome Scale

Ardgowan Hospice

Many people with palliative conditions in the community have unidentified needs. A recent study showed community patients tended to have their physical needs met, but communication needs with health care professionals were unmet.

Other studies have shown that psychosocial and spiritual needs of palliative patients and their families are not identified as they are reluctant to raise these issues in primary care.

Identification of these specialist needs and referral on to specialist palliative care services is likely to be beneficial.

In specialist palliative care we can holistically assess patients using a standardised, validated assessment tool - the Integrated Palliative Outcome Scale (IPOS).

ihub funding allowed time and resources needed to support the GP and Community Teams with the introduction of IPOS into the community setting.

This project improved the assessment and palliative care of people living with a life limiting condition in the community of Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership by implementing the IPOS tool into GP practices.

  • What was the approach?
  • What was the impact?
  • What was the learning?
  • What are the next steps?

If you have any questions about this project please contact: hcis.improvementfund@nhs.net