On this page, get information about assessing local needs, demonstrating what you can offer, and tools to help get your impact across.

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When you’re talking to stakeholders, you need to show how your organisation can benefit them and the people they serve.

You should be able to clearly articulate what you do, what impact you have (and could have if changes were made) and what resources you need to make that impact.

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Assessing local needs


Health and care systems across the UK are taking a population health management approach to service planning and delivery. This begins with assessing the needs of the local population.

Hospices and end of life care providers can contribute data, insight and analysis that might not be captured by the processes used in statutory health and care systems. You might:

  • have information to share about the needs of the communities you serve
  • be planning to carry out a needs assessment, which your local health and care system could support and include
  • have activity data about how your services are currently used and what gaps you are identifying.

Needs assessments are often led by public health or Local Authority bodies, but they inform strategic decision-makers across the system. Your input can improve service planning for your communities and help you build relationships with strategic decision-makers.

Find out how Derian House hospice successfully used this approach.

Read Sue Ryder's case studies about hospices and integrated care systems working together to identify and meet local need.

Introduce your local decision-makers to PopNAT!


PopNAT is Hospice UK’s free tool which brings relevant end of life care population data together in one place. It helps palliative and end of life care providers and commissioners plan for future needs and services in their local geographies.

What can you offer?


Decision-makers are faced with a range of problems on a daily basis. You need to demonstrate that you can provide high quality, cost effective and timely solutions. All your statements should be backed up with data and evidence. 

There are a range of tools you can use to help state your case to key stakeholders


There are a range of tools you can use to help state your case to key stakeholders:

- making a business case

- infographics

- statistics and data

- campaigns

- media