Presented by: Kathleen Mcloughlin
In 2012 Abel et al. proposed a model of care identifying a person with an illness at the centre of a network which includes inner and outer networks, communities and service delivery organisations. Abel et al. argued that community development should redefine the practice of palliative care and his conceptual model served as the basis for Milford Care Centre’s Good Neighbour Partnership (GNP) – a volunteer programme of social care and practical support for people at the end of life. Evaluation of the GNP, through the INSPIRE study, leads us to question whether the concept of mobilising circles of care is merely rhetoric or indeed a reality. What benefit can mobilisation bring, and to who? What happens when the circle of care simply does not exist? Are models like this simply allowing health service providers and policy makers ‘off the hook’? The author will debate these issues drawing on real life cases from practice.