Leadership Skills in Palliative Care

Last Reviewed: March 4, 2019

Effective palliative care leaders balance the needs of their patients and families, teams, organizations, and external stakeholders. Use this toolkit to draft a strategic plan for delivery of high-quality palliative care, support your team to execute on the plan, build your standing as a leader, and connect with fellow palliative care leaders.

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If you don’t know where you’re going, it doesn’t matter how you get there. The strategic plan articulates your mission and how your program will accomplish it. It is an essential roadmap and communication tool for your team, organizational leaders, and referrers.

National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

The National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines are the national standard for high quality palliative care. National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, 2018.

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Needs Assessment for the Hospital Palliative Care Program

Last Updated: January 15, 2015

Evaluating patient need, service requirements, and stakeholder priorities for the inpatient program.

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Needs Assessment: Ensuring Successful Community-Based Palliative Care

Last Updated: January 15, 2015

Evaluating patient need, service requirements, care settings, and stakeholder priorities for the community-based palliative care program.

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Improving Team Performance

Last Updated: January 15, 2015

Strategic planning for new or veteran programs, and a framework for identification of barriers to team efficiency and team health.

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Sample Palliative Care Program Mission Statements

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Five sample palliative care mission statements defining the aims of the program. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2015.

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Sample Strategic Plan

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Example shared by Lee Health, 2012.

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Sample Palliative Care Scope of Practice for the Home-Based Team

Last Updated: February 25, 2019

Shared by Interim HealthCare/CarePoint, 2017

Connect with peers and field experts on CAPC’s faculty: just-in-time problem solving, shared advice, new ideas, and peer mentoring.

Virtual Office Hours

Last Updated: March 3, 2019

Small-group consulting calls with national subject matter experts.

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Palliative Care Leadership Centers™

Last Updated: June 4, 2019

Palliative Care Leadership Centers (PCLC) offer hospitals two days of in-person, customized operational training and one year of mentoring.

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Online and in-person skill-building resources for palliative care leaders from all disciplines.

Building and Supporting Effective Palliative Care Teams

Last Updated: March 4, 2019

Hire and onboard your staff, manage program operations, and ensure a healthy high-functioning team using this toolkit.

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Needs Assessment for the Hospital Palliative Care Program

Last Updated: January 15, 2015

Evaluating patient need, service requirements, and stakeholder priorities for the inpatient program.

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Needs Assessment: Ensuring Successful Community-Based Palliative Care

Last Updated: January 15, 2015

Evaluating patient need, service requirements, care settings, and stakeholder priorities for the community-based palliative care program.

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Improving Team Performance

Last Updated: January 15, 2015

Strategic planning for new or veteran programs, and a framework for identification of barriers to team efficiency and team health.

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American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)

Last Updated: February 27, 2019

Advancing hospice and palliative medicine and palliative care physician leadership.

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The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL)

Last Updated: February 3, 2019

Educational pathways for physician leadership for all specialties.

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Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)

Last Updated: February 3, 2019

Palliative care nursing leadership and professional development.

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Essential Palliative Nurse Leadership in a Changing Health Care Environment

Last Updated: March 15, 2019

Presenters: Constance Dahlin, APN-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN and Lolita Melhado, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC CAPC Seminar, 2016.

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Nursing Leadership Assessment Tool

Last Updated: February 3, 2019

Worksheet to accompany "Essential Nurse Leadership Skills" Presentation.

Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN)

Last Updated: February 3, 2019

Palliative care social work leadership and professional development.

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Articulating the value of the palliative care program to your stakeholders is the key to resources and support.

Demonstrating Value to Stakeholders

Last Updated: March 4, 2019

Tools to make the case for palliative care resources and financial partnerships, including: the palliative care evidence base, and downloadable tools for presenting the case.

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National Palliative Care Registry™

Last Updated: February 27, 2019

A publicly available national database of palliative care programs and operational metrics, free of charge to all palliative care programs. Submit program data to receive reporting and to track program growth and capacity over time. Compare your program to peers to help make the case for adequate staffing and program quality.

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Value-Based Payment: Building a Financially Sustainable Palliative Care Service

Last Updated: March 4, 2019

Tools to develop financial partnerships including: making the case, contracting considerations, and how to use legal and financial advisers.

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Use this toolkit to hire, onboard, retain, and support a healthy team.

Building and Supporting Effective Palliative Care Teams

Last Updated: March 4, 2019

Hire and onboard your staff, manage program operations, and ensure a healthy high-functioning team using this toolkit.

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Improving Team Performance

Last Updated: January 15, 2015

Strategic planning for new or veteran programs, and a framework for identification of barriers to team efficiency and team health.

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