Tackling inequalities in end of life care
Access to hospice and other forms of expert palliative and end of life care is currently inequitable. Hospice UK is working to tackle this inequality and widen access to hospice and palliative care.
Worryingly, some groups in society do not have equal access to end of life care, meaning that they are missing out on vital care that could transform the time they have left and also help support those close to them.
A recent review into end of life care in England by the Care Quality Commission found that some groups experience poorer quality care because their specific needs are not always fully understood or considered. These groups include:
- Certain faith groups;
- Gypsies and Travellers;
- LGBT people;
- People experiencing homelessness and prisoners.
Hospice UK along with Marie Curie, Together for Short Lives and others, have produced a resource outlining work in progress to improve personalised end of life care for Gypsies and Travellers, LGBT people and people experiencing homelessness.
Offering top tips and describing simple effective approaches for success, this practical guide is intended for commissioners, service providers and those involved in caring for and supporting children, young people and adults living with advanced illness towards the end of their lives.
The project was funded as part of the national Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance.
Delivering high quality, personalised palliative and end of life care for Gypsies and Travellers, LGBT people and people experiencing homelessness.
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