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.