Presented by: Cristina Castillo Rodriguez
The oral presentation details the development of community networks related with the end of life through “We are all with you” methodology of New Health Foundation for the development of compassionate communities and cities movement, implementing a public health and integrated care approach. We explain how the City Council, Social and Health Services can collaborate with the community to accompany and care for those who face advanced chronic disease and at the end of life.
To achieve this, we begin by creating networks of citizens and stakeholders that are interested in developing the project. Each individual or group of people who is willing to participate is given a role to promote end of life care in their environment. Simultaneously, we carry out awareness campaigns in the city (schools, universities, nursing homes, companies, public spaces of the neighbourhood, etc), and training programmes for social and health professionals and citizens.
Since beginning this project a year ago, we now have more than 30 organizations that collaborate and participate in the development of Seville as a compassionate city. We even have the participation from the City Council, which has signed a MOU to make public its contribution to the project. In January 2017, we have started a pilot project in the San Pablo district with 60,000 citizens. We have now introduced the role of a Community Promoter who works with a GP, Social Workers and Nurses that act as Case Managers, and stimulate the creation of a Compassionate Community and manage networks of care for people with advanced chronic conditions and at the end of life.
The objectives of the project are to:
- To develop an aware and trained society to face advance illness and end of life situations.
- To create compassionate community networks to accompany and care those citizens who face the end of life situation.
- To make visible all available social and health resources in Palliative Care to those who need it.