This event took place on Thursday 25 February 2021.
Integrated care to meet social welfare legal needs in life-limiting illness
Dr Colette Hawkins, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust, delivers a webinar on the ARC-funded project: Integrating care to meet social welfare legal needs in life-limiting illness – qualitative investigation of a multi-agency, complexity-informed intervention.
Social welfare legal needs are prevalent in life-limiting illness. These include matters of daily life for which the law defines rights and protections, such as employment, financial security and housing. Support for these issues comes from a wide range of organisations, but navigating these can be baffling for people looking for help as well as professional providers of care.
Evidence shows significant unmet need, with adverse effects on health and well-being as well as increasing health service utilisation. There is a need, and an opportunity, to align services more closely, to deliver holistic care.
This project, funded by the NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria Open Funding Competition for 2020, builds on previous work by the research team in collaboration with a national stakeholder group.
The aim of the project is to support the strengthening of pathways of care across the breadth of agencies supporting social welfare legal needs, by adopting a complexity-informed approach characterised by Human Learning Systems: being human, learning together, and changing systems in the context of life-limiting illness in Gateshead.