We are campaigning for hospice care both at a national level in partnership with other end of life care charities, and at a local level by providing hospices with resources to support their advocacy activities.
Hospice UK is campaigning with the coalition of end of life care charities – Cicely Saunders International, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, The Motor Neurone Disease Association, The National Council for Palliative Care and Sue Ryder – to persuade political parties to prioritise end of life care within their policy development.
We have produced a manifesto briefing for each of the main parties that sets out the case for end of life care. We are urging each party to include a commitment on improving the choice and quality of end of life care in their manifesto.
Hospice care election calls
In addition to our campaigning as part of the End of Life Care Coalition, we have also made our hospice care election calls, aimed at all the political parties, which reflect our new strategy to open up hospice care, and puts forward the case for improving the support for working carers of people approaching the end of life.
We have produced a range of resources to support hospices’ campaigning with local parliamentary candidates.
Resources for hospices
We have provided a hospice care manifesto briefing, a template letter for hospices to use when contacting local parliamentary candidates, a template media release for members to issue to local and regional media to promote hospice care, and a hospice care factsheet.
Guidance on campaigning during a general election
We have produced a briefing that sets out the legal and regulatory requirements and considerations that hospices should take into account when campaigning, including during the current regulated period for the general election.
Toolkit for influencing locally
This guide is designed to support hospices’ local advocacy activities.
'Influencing locally: A toolkit for hospices in England' will help hospices to identify and build relationships locally, and to raise awareness and influence key statutory bodies.
Whilst the guide focuses on the statutory structures in England, which has seen a decentralised and devolved NHS established since 2013, much of it is relevant for hospices across the four nations, particularly in the ‘how to influence’ and ‘more routes to decision-makers’ sections.
Email our policy and advocacy team if you want to learn more about this work, or if you have any feedback on the resources.