Hospice UK provides information, guidance and resources to help members navigate the NHS commissioning environment.
Findings from our Commissioning Survey 2015
Statutory funding for adult and children’s hospices is fragile, unfair and unsustainable our latest survey finds.
Between April and May 2015, we undertook a joint survey of charitable hospices in England Together for Short Lives. We wanted to establish the current picture of statutory funding and commissioning arrangements for hospices.
More than two-thirds of the hospices surveyed reported that their statutory funding was frozen or cut in 2014/15. Some hospices are subsidising shortfalls in statutory funding through their reserves, freezing staff recruitment or putting service development on hold as demand for hospice care increases and statutory funding fails to keep pace with the cost of providing care.
Our report identifies key findings and recommends a series of actions for government, NHS England, CCGs and local authorities. These would lead to fairer and more sustainable funding – and hospice care for both children and adults which is commissioned more effectively.