Today Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb, announced the key recommendations of the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) – the system-wide response to the 44 recommendations outlined in the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) More Care, Less Pathway.
The LACDP’s publication – One Chance To Get It Right – sets out a new approach for caring for all dying people in England, which centres on five Priorities for Care.
Commenting on LACDP’s system-wide response, Heather Richardson, National Clinical Lead at national hospice charity Help the Hospices, said:
“As a member of the Leadership Alliance for Care of Dying People (LACDP), we welcome the new Priorities for Care and their focus on delivering compassionate, person-centred care. They have the potential to redress and improve how dying people and their families are supported in the future, wherever they receive care.
“The challenge now is to ensure the Priorities for Care are embedded in all organisations delivering end of life care and successfully and consistently implemented. Training, supervision and support for health and care professionals will be critical to achieve the cultural change needed and also develop the skills required to successfully deliver the Priorities for Care across all care settings. We hope hospitals in particular will invest in this as a priority.
“Hospices have longstanding expertise in providing high quality, tailored care which is highly responsive to the needs and preferences of dying people and their families. Good communication is central to the care they provide, based on sensitive, timely conversations between staff and people approaching the end of their life. Hospice staff have an important role to play in helping raise standards of end of life care in other settings, especially hospitals and are keen to work in partnership with hospital colleagues to achieve this.”
One Chance To Get It Right (and supporting documents) are available on the GOV.UK website.
Notes to Editor
- Help the Hospices is the UK’s leading charity for hospice care which supports and champions the work of more than 200 hospices across the UK.
- Hospices provide vital care for people with terminal illnesses and life-limiting conditions and they also support their families.
- Help the Hospices is a member of the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) – a partnership of 21 organisations brought together to produce a system-wide response to address the issues raised by the Neuberger Review. Help the Hospices, along with other charities were invited by NHS England and other key regulatory and statutory bodies to help advise, support and contribute to the work of the Alliance.
- Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA) is an education programme, designed originally by St Christopher’s Hospice in London, to be delivered by hospices for nurses working in other healthcare settings. It was set up in direct response to a request from a local acute hospital for bespoke training for the ward managers of a medical and elderly care unit due to concerns about inadequate skills in end of life care. The programme’s aim is to empower generalist nurses to return to practice equipped to make a sustainable difference to the experience of patients dying in hospitals and their relatives/carers. For more information about QELCA visit http://www.stchristophers.org.uk/qelca
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