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Update on end of life care as Liverpool Care Pathway is phased out

January 16, 2014

The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) has published an interim statement, which gives an update on its work to date following the publication of the independent report, More Care, Less Pathway, on the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP).

The independent review concluded that many of the issues around the LCP were that it had come to be regarded and used as a generic protocol or a tick box exercise. Therefore, the Alliance will not produce a replacement for the LCP. Instead, the Alliance aspires to a shared vision for care focused on a set of agreed outcomes and guiding principles to support individualised care for dying people. This will help to ensure that the way in which a dying person is cared for, including the goals and other key aspects of their care, will be focused around the individual, in line with their needs and preferences; and developed and delivered in consultation with them, wherever possible and/or their family.

The Alliance is engaging with families, and professionals and organisations on these draft outcomes and guiding principles which will help to create the vision of care.
Feedback and analysis received as part of this engagement will be published later in spring to give clinicians early information on how the final version of the outcomes and guiding principles is developing and to further help planning.