There are a number of flaws in the palliative care system in the UK, meaning patients often don’t receive the proper care they need and die in discomfort, surrounded by medical equipment instead of their families. Problems like this have been acutely exacerbated by Covid-19 placing strain on the healthcare system in general, a trend which is likely to continue given the UK’s ageing population.
This is why we have started an initiative called MELC, or Medical Students for End of Life Care. This project involves as many medical schools as possible, organising audit and quality improvement projects within the palliative care departments of their local teaching hospitals. We’re currently gathering data to find students across the UK who are interested in taking part and asking about their previous audit experience.
If you’re a medical student and are interested in working with MELC please could you fill out this short form, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never done an audit before. Let us know if you’d like to be considered for an organisational or data gathering role in MELC in the future by leaving us your email address as well. Thanks everyone!