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Palliative Social Work in the United Kingdom 

Palliative Social Work in the United Kingdom
Palliative Social Work in the United Kingdom

Malcolm Payne

and Margaret Reith

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date: 23 May 2022

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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