Ten years since it was published, the Palliative Care Toolkit is now widely used by health workers across the world in countries where resources are limited.
The anniversary of its launch was celebrated with a cake depicting the Toolkit at another tenth birthday – of Palliative Care Works (PCW), a charity that offers training courses, service development, mentoring and specialised training of trainers courses. The Palliative Care Toolkit is central to all of PCW’s activities.
The Toolkit’s authors — Drs Vicky Lavy and Charlie Bond and nurse Ruth Wooldridge (pictured above) — were participants at PCW’s annual conference and AGM in Oxford.
Over the past ten years PCW has worked in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana, India and in the Palestinian Territories. Using the Palliative Care Toolkit, health workers from a variety of backgrounds have been empowered to take palliative care forward within their settings. As a result of the training, their confidence. has increased to enable them to offer palliative care in clinical situations as well as offering psychosocial, emotional and spiritual support to patients as well as their families.
The Palliative Care Toolkit was revised in 2017 with additional material on assessment, ethics and children. Revision of the accompanying training manual will be completed by the end of 2018.
The Toolkit is currently available in English, Spanish, Swahili, French, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Russian, Bengali and Mandarin, with Arabic soon to be added.
It can be downloaded free from the World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) website.