Community specialist palliative care nursing team

Community specialist palliative care nursing team

The community specialist palliative care nursing (SPCN) team within Solas, provide a service for patients and their families and carers at home or in community hospitals.  This could be at time of diagnosis or throughout a patient’s illness or condition.

We currently have nine community specialist palliative care nurses and two staff nurses who cover Ayrshire and Arran. Each SPCN is responsible for managing a caseload within a geographical area and together they make approximately 4500 visits per year to patients and families, offering advice and answering questions on pain relief and other symptoms.

The SPCN role is an advisory and supportive one.  Emotional support is provided to help patients and their families cope with illness, treatment, fears and worries and the SPCN can advise on other hospice services which may be of benefit. 

SPCN’s also have a key role to play in communicating and liaising with other healthcare professionals also involved a patient’s care.

Access to the SPCN team is by referral to Solas from a GP or other healthcare professional.  Following referral, the SPCN team will undertake a holistic assessment to identify the individualised needs for the patient and their family and how we can best help.

Read how our specialist palliative community nurses helped Betty.

For further information please contact our community and day services manager, Margaret Cassidy on 01292 269200 or email