In July 2012, in association with Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, EIPC applied to the Department for International Development (DFID) for a grant to develop and deliver a pilot train-the-trainers programme in palliative care at the Cancer Centre in Thakurpukur. A grant of was secured to achieve this within a 30-month timeframe. The project has been successfully established and all activities are currently being delivered in accordance with the agreed programme plan.
As a result of the work undertaken to date, we know that training staff in a locality is a good first step to introducing palliative care to Eastern India and helps to raise awareness of the potential for positive outcomes. But training alone is not enough – medical practitioners move on, knowledge is lost and there is no provision for involving community-based organisations to deliver the care on a sustainable basis.
We have therefore established community projects in Barrackpore, DumDum, Behala & Maheshtala. These pilot projects will be used to undertake best practice modelling in order to create a replicable, scalable and sustainable model for future implementation throughout Eastern India.
- In the first instance, we anticipate each community clinic will provide access to education to around 20 professionals, palliative care support to circa 400 people and their families, resulting in a overall reach of around 5000 people for the four clinics.
- By the end of the project we anticipate that through the development of a rigorously tested and evaluated best practice replication model, a further 100 clinics will be opened within a 10 year period, resulting in over half a million people receiving direct support and education about palliative care.
- By providing an evidence base and public awareness campaign of the impact achieved, we anticipate the current opioid restriction policy in Eastern India will be overturned by 2014/15.