The core palliative care team
should consist of nurses and physicians with special training as a minimum, supplemented by psychologists, social workers, and physiotherapists if possible.
Other professionals can be members of the core team, but more frequently will work in liaison.
Specialist palliative care service
delivery requires a multi-professional team with an interdisciplinary work style.
The following professionals — in addition to nurses and physicians — should be available full-time, part-time, or at regular times:
- social workers
- professionals skilled in psychosocial support
- adequate numbers of office workers, administration secretaries, and general assistants
- professionals skilled in bereavement support
- coordinators for spiritual care
- coordinators for voluntary workers
- wound management and lymphedema specialists
- occupational therapists
- speech therapists
- complementary medicine therapists
Radbruch L, Payne S and the Board of Directors of the EAPC. EAPC update. White Paper on standards and norms for hospice and palliative care in Europe: part 2. European Journal of Palliative Care, 2009; 16(6).