|Site||Type||Area of practice|
|1||GP practice service using Gold Standards Framework (primarily cancer-focused)||The practice covers an urban area as well as the surrounding more sparsely populated rural areas. A team of district nurses is attached to the practice.|
|2||Heart failure community matron service (home based nursing service for people with heart failure living in the community)||This service covers a predominantly rural area. Approximately 40% of patients referred to the service die within a year of referral.|
|3||Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Service (primarily cancer- focused)||This team support the major acute hospital in one of the network trusts.|
|4||Non-GSF Nursing Care home (providing general palliative care)||This was a residential nursing care home (30 beds) in a rural area. At the time of our study, the care home had not adopted the GSFCH (Gold Standards Framework in Care Homes) but was using the Liverpool Care Pathway.|
|5||Hospital Heart Failure Clinic||This hospital based team provides information and support. Most referrals came from hospital cardiologists/nurses.|
Almack et al.
Almack et al. BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:15 doi:10.1186/1472-684X-11-15