Letters

Carers of patients receiving palliative care

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7140.1316a (Published 25 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1316

Social workers bring specialist skills to care of carers

  1. Gill Luff, Chair, Association of Hospice and Specialist Palliative Care Social Workers,
  2. Mary Blanch, Vice chair, Association of Hospice and Specialist Palliative Care Social Workers
  1. Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, PO Box 220, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 2QF
  2. Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, Surrey KT10 8NA
  3. North Kent Healthcare NHS Trust, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4NS

    EDITOR—In one of the articles in the ABC of Palliative Care, Ramirez et al focus on carers.1 The Association of Hospice and Specialist Palliative Care Social Workers is alarmed to see the marginal role that the authors give to social workers in the column indicating sources of support for carers. Social workers in palliative care perform many tasks and are often responsible for setting up and running bereavement services. We use counselling skills to support both the patients and their carers, contributing appreciably to their psychosocial support. We have particular skills gained, for instance, in fostering and adoption, which help children …

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