Today, the National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership – made up of statutory bodies including NHS England, the Association of Adult Social Services, charities and groups representing patients and professionals – has developed a framework for action in making palliative and end of life care a priority at local level.
Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2015-2020, is aimed at local health and social care and community leaders.
Commenting on the new national framework, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK, said:
“This welcome, new national framework sets out a clear vision to leaders of local services about what needs to be in place for the provision of high quality end of life care.
“We hope these ambitions will provide fresh impetus for change and galvanise leaders of health and care services to take active steps to improve end of life care for all. This urgently needs to happen if more terminally ill people are to have more choice about where they receive care and so they receive support that is right for their needs.
“Hospices have an excellent track record of delivering high quality, compassionate care for dying people and their families, and have long established links with a wide cross-section of services in their local communities. As local leaders, hospices are well placed to help champion positive changes to end of life care provision in their communities.
“In addition, hospices across the country are working with hospitals, care homes and other providers to promote best practice in end of life care and improve service provision. Hospice UK is committed to working with hospices to expand this work and to turn this new framework’s ambitions into reality across all care settings.”
Download Ambitions for End of Life Care.
Notes to editor
- The National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership has been formed from members of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services; Association of Ambulance Chief Executives; Association of Palliative Care Social Workers; Association for Palliative Medicine; the Care Quality Commission; College of Health Care Chaplains; General Medical Council; Health Education England; Hospice UK; Macmillan Cancer Support; Marie Curie; National Bereavement Alliance; National Care Forum; National Council for Palliative Care; National Palliative Care Nurse Consultants Group; National Voices; NHS England; Patients Association; Public Health England; Royal College of GPs; Royal College of Nursing; Royal College of Physicians; Social Care Institute for Excellence; Sue Ryder; and Together for Short Lives.
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
- Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
- For further information about hospice care follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
- Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: www.ehospice.com/uk This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.
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