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End of life care

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Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People, has published One Chance to Get it Right, the response to the recommendations set out in More Care, Less Pathway, the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway.  Supporting materials are available for health and care staff to access.

For people approaching the end of their life, having the confidence to rely on care that is consistent with their preferences, where possible, and looks after those important to them is vital. 

As end of life approaches, individuals and those close to them need to be able to access high quality care that is compassionate, competent and respectful.  For this to happen health and social care staff need to make sure they deliver the right person centred care 'the first time, every time.'

To support this, we are focusing on improvements in the following key areas:

Our web pages can help organisations/communities deliver excellent end of life care by providing access to a wide range of resources that support good practice.  They offer opportunities for organisations/communities to share learning and improve the way they deliver care.  This will help teams to consistently deliver the care they wish to receive and ensure patients and those close to them have the best experience possible.

Case studies - sharing your successes

We are looking for stories across health and social care, as well as the voluntary sector, of best practice in delivering end of life care that we can share through case studies.  We would like to see examples where there has been a positive impact for individuals and/or carers, staff and the wider system.  If you have a story that you would like us to consider for a case study, please complete the case study submission form and/or, see below for end of life care improvement case studies.

In February, NHS England's End of Life Care team held a stakeholder event to consider some examples of good practice in 'systems for end of life care'. The aim of the event was to distil the learning from these examples and explore how best to accelerate the adoption, adaptation and evaluation of systems-approach to end of life care. You can download the report that provides an overview of the event along with the case studies explored.

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