It is based around four areas which are often at the centre of breakdowns in care. These are communication and co-ordination of care, access to medicines, education standards of those providing out-of-hours care and resuscitation guidance and policies.
Professor Jane Maher, chief medical officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: ‘There was a real lack of this information all in one place across the whole of the UK and that’s exactly why we’ve created the toolkit. It’ll provide health professionals with a benchmark for good out-of-hours practice and hopefully enable sharing of the good practice that is already happening.
‘And the toolkit doesn’t end there. We want professionals to share their good practice with us too, so that these can be incorporated into the toolkit – it’s a work in progress.’
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