Facts and figures

About hospice care

  • The hospice care sector supports more than 200,000 people with terminal and life-limiting conditions in the UK each year. 
  • Hospices also have an important role in supporting people’s families, especially in providing bereavement support. A total of 49,000 people in the UK received bereavement support from hospices in 2017-18.  
  • Hospices support people with a wide range of conditions including cancer, motor neurone disease, cardio-vascular diseases, dementia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. Hospices are increasingly supporting people with multiple life-limiting conditions.
  • The majority of hospice care (83 per cent) is provided in community-based settings, including home care/ hospice at home, outpatient services and hospice day care.
  • There are at least 125,000 volunteers supporting hospices throughout the UK. The value of their contribution is estimated to be more than £200 million each year.
  • For further information about hospice care, services and activities see our recent policy publications.

Funding for hospices

  • Charitable hospices in the UK raise the bulk of their funding through support from their local communities including: fundraising, hospice charity shops, legacies, hospice lotteries and investments. They receive some statutory funding although levels vary across the UK, between the different nations and also within different regions.
  • In Scotland hospices receive on average 38 per cent of their income from the Government, in England it is 33 per cent, in Northern Ireland it is 34 per cent and in Wales it is 28 per cent.  
  • Children's hospices in the UK are funded differently to adult hospices and on average receive funding equivalent to 15 per cent of their expenditure from the Government.
  • In 2016-17, hospices received £350 million in government funding and the proportion of statutory funding compared to expenditure has remained the same for more than a decade.
  • Collectively, charitable hospices in the UK need to raise over £1 billion a year from fundraising. This amounts to nearly £3 million every day (£2.8 million).
  • Hospices in the UK spent a total of £1.4 billion on their services in 2017, of which £954 million was spent on care, with £476 million spent on fundraising activities.
  • For further financial information and trends from independent hospices, access our financial benchmarking page.

Contact us if you would like more information on any of the statistics on this page.

Infographics

This series of infographics centres on the theme of how hospices can help the NHS improve choice and reduce costs for end of life care.

These infographics have been designed to be a simple yet powerful way of sharing some really important information which could, for example, be used to support hospices' discussions with local NHS colleagues.

Do let us know if you have any feedback on the infographics, and of any ways in which you use them.

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