The staff of the Palliative Care Centre

The staff of the Palliative Care Centre “Insieme nella Cura” are recognisable by an identification badge showing the name and qualification of the practitioner. The interprofessional team consists of the following people:

  • Director of the Centre: Prof. Maria Grazia De Marinis
  • Clinical manager: Dr. Giuseppe Casale, in charge of the clinical care plan, who supervises the activities of the team and coordinates the various professionals involved in order to ensure continuity of care.
  • Palliative care physicians: they are involved in drawing up the treatment plan and the related clinical interventions. They can be referred to for information on clinical progress, results of instrumental examinations and ongoing therapies.
  • Nursing coordinator: organises and coordinates nursing care on the ward and acts as a liaison with local structures and voluntary associations.
  • Nurses: are responsible for general nursing care through specialised technical, educational and relational interventions.
  • Psychologists: the facility provides a daily specialised service of psychological support to patients, caregivers and practitioners
  • Health and Social Workers: they collaborate with the nursing staff in the daily care activities
  • Physiotherapist: physical education guaranteeing recovery or preservation of residual functional capacities
  • Social worker: takes care of the social sphere of the patient and their family and collaborates with the other practitioners in planning both admissions and protected discharges
  • Spiritual advisor: responsible for intervention in all relevant aspects

All practitioners follow a continuous refresher course and training based on daily (morning briefing), weekly (weekly evaluation of the activity carried out with analysis of the critical points which have emerged) and monthly activities (team meetings with discussion of the cases, verification of the professional, relational and organisational quality, with the supervision of expert support groups for the practitioners). Refresher activities also include pooling experience with other national and international care and training institutions.

In addition, an annual update plan is established for each practitioner, in relation to their profession, to enable them to improve their skills and, where applicable, to comply with legal obligations (CME).

The close connection with the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome makes it possible to define academic paths aimed at focusing on the topics of palliative care and inter-professional skills, not only for the students of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, but also for all the people working there.

The current UCBM training offer, which already consists of first and second level Master's degrees in Palliative Care and Pain Therapy, may also be enriched with specific training programmes on community welfare management and tools for generating and evaluating territorial welfare.