National charities Hospice UK and the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) have today announced they will be working together as partners on a series of joint projects to help improve care for people with palliative care needs or who are terminally ill.
NCPC and Hospice UK are already working together on areas including data collection for end of life care, as well as on various campaigns. Under the collaboration, both charities will build on this – to maximise their respective resources and networks by identifying and developing new initiatives to drive positive changes in end of life care.
Future projects will centre on improving palliative care in hospitals, expanding palliative care for those living and dying with dementia, and further work to support community volunteering and family carers.
Lord Howard of Lympne, Chair of Hospice UK, said:
“We have a long and established relationship with the National Council for Palliative Care and share similar aspirations for improving end of life care across all settings, so we are delighted with this opportunity for collaboration on joint projects.
“Working together more closely will strengthen our respective efforts to champion and support high quality care for terminally ill people and also help ensure this vital care is available to more people who need it.”
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Chair of the National Council of Palliative Care, added:
“At its best palliative and end of life care in the UK is world class; we only have one chance to get it right when someone is dying and there’s still a lot more to be done to ensure great care is available to all those who need it, where and when they need it.
“We believe that working more collaboratively with Hospice UK can only be good for both organisations, and most importantly will be of great benefit to all those who need palliative and end of life care.”
The National Council for Palliative Care is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The charity also leads the Dying Matters coalition which is aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of talking more openly about dying, death and bereavement and of making end of life wishes known.
Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and national membership organisation for more than 200 organisations, including charitable and NHS hospices.
With NCPC’s current lease running out in December, the charity will be staying in the King's Cross area in Central London by moving into Hospice House, where it will rent its own office space from Hospice UK. The co-location will support joint working on future projects between both organisations.
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About Hospice UK
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. The charity supports and champions 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 This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.
About the National Council for Palliative Care
Hospice UK – Please contact Suzanne Stevenson at Hospice UK on 020 7520 8296 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For out of hours media enquiries please call 07881 940 318.
National Council for Palliative Care – Please contact Joe Levenson, Director of Communications at NCPC on 020 7697 1520 or on 07795 158003, or by email at email@example.com.