The original Standards for Palliative Day Care were written by members of the APDCL committee in 2005.
These have recently been reviewed and updated by Active APDCL Committee members in 2010.
These standards are originally based on the six components of quality adapted for palliative day care by Kathryn Myers (2001).
They have been rewritten to fall in line with the Department of Health Standards for Better Health (DoH 2005).
These national standards have two objectives, firstly to ensure that health care services across all health care organisations are safe and of an acceptable quality; and to provide a framework for continuous improvement.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidance and National Service Frameworks (NSF’s) link closely with the national standards and the recent publications of the End of Life Strategy (2008); NICE Improving Supportive and Palliative Care for Adults with Cancer (2004); Living and Dying Well (2008); Palliative and End of Life Care: Consultant Document (2009) have been considered in the development of these Day Care Standards.
It is acknowledged that palliative day care services are diverse and therefore these standards are intentionally broad and are not intended to be prescriptive. Indeed many units will already have standards of their own. It is hoped that these will act as a guide for those managing units and practising in this field and for those setting up a palliative day care service. They reflect the philosophy of the APDCL and we believe are in step with current trends in health care generally and with palliative care.