The Palliative Care Consultant (PCC) is a position funded through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, providing education and resources to health care service providers and volunteers in all settings, such as:
- Home Care Agencies (CCAC's and all contracted providers)
- Long Term Care Homes
- Community Nursing and Support Services
- Day Programs
- Supportive Housing
- Correctional Facilities
In addition to providing educational opportunities, the Palliative Care Consultants assist organizations and communities to identify their current palliative care resources, recognize needs and gaps in service, set priorities, develop action plans and evaluate outcomes.
The palliative care consultants support capacity building for front-line care providers using the following approaches:
- serve as a resource to assist organizations in the interpretation and application of A Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care (CHPCA), best practice guidelines and assessment tools.
- offer consultation to service providers in person, by telephone, by video-conference or through e mail regarding care e.g. assessment and management of pain and other symptoms.
- link providers with specialized hospice palliative care resources.
PCC’s provide consultation on hospice palliative care to staff; they do not provide direct care.