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.

Hospice UK is working to tackle inequality

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.

Personalised care

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

  • Dec 10, 2018
    Care Committed to Me
    Delivering high quality, personalised palliative and end of life care for Gypsies and Travellers, LGBT people and people experiencing homelessness.

The Baring Foundation

 In 2017 the Baring Foundation kindly provided funding for Hospice UK to develop and deliver a programme of learning events and online resources aimed at supporting existing work carried out at member hospices on the implications and implementation of the Equality Act 2010.

In addition, the programme also sought to raise awareness of the aims of the Public Sector Equality Duty Act 2011 and broaden understanding of human rights principles to help address inequalities in access and provision.

Following a series of learning events a resource panel has been created which includes materials covered on the programme and a list of other materials that may prove useful for members looking for information, training exercises and further reading around the subject.

To access this resource panel please click here.

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