Today NHS England publishes its delivery plan for personalised care under the NHS Long-term Plan commitments.
Commenting in response, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, said:
“We are very pleased to see the NHS committing to delivering care that is driven by, and more responsive to peoples’ individual needs.
“Similarly, the recognition that supporting people goes beyond purely treating their physical symptoms is very welcome. Providing more holistic support, including through social prescribing and community-based care, is vital to helping people to live better for longer and to avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions.
“Hospice and palliative care services lead the way on providing personalised, holistic care for people affected by terminal or life-limiting conditions. Making personalised care and support ‘business as usual’ in the health and care system will require services, including the voluntary sector, to work closer together than ever before. This plan provides a blueprint to make that a reality.”
Notes to editors
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care. It works to ensure that all adults and children living with a terminal or life-shortening illness receive the care and support they need, when they need it.
- Hospice UK supports 210 hospices across the UK which care for over 200,000 adults and children every year.
- 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
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