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Electronic Palliative Care Coordination Systems (EPaCCS)

 

As the end of life approaches, individuals and families must be able to rely on safe, appropriate care that is consistent with their wishes, at any time of day or night and no matter who is providing this care.

The 2008 National End of Life Care Strategy recommended locality registers as a way to enable effective communication among professionals.

From this experience grew the Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination Systems (EPaCCS), which are now being implemented across the country.

EPaCCS provide a shared locality record for health and social care professionals. They allow rapid access across care boundaries, to key information about an individual approaching the end of life, including their expressed preferences for care.

Localities wishing to develop their own EPaCCS can draw on a number of resources to support implementation:

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