Hospice Care in Scotland 2017

February 28, 2018

Source: Hospice UK

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Date of publication: February 2018

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The Hospice Care in Scotland report 2017 states that hospices can help improve capacity in generalist health settings, by sharing their expertise in end of life care with other care provider, and highlights the substantial contribution made by Scottish hospices, especially in providing community-based support.

Length of publication: 22 pages



Funding system failing people with continuing healthcare needs

February 28, 2018

Source: Parliament UK

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Date of publication: January 2018

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell: The Public Accounts Committee report says Government must take steps to improve complex process beset with delays and poor-quality assessments

Length of publication: 58 pages

The final injustice: variation in end of life care in England

January 24, 2018

Source: Macmillan Cancer Support

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Date of publication: December 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report discusses the  experiences of people dying of cancer. The research shows that cancer patients approaching the end of their life face repeat emergency visits, and that these experiences are even worse for the poorest communities. The report highlights the variation in patient experience and discusses the need for improved access to care and support.

Length of publication: 26 pages


Commissioning children’s palliative care in England: 2017 edition

December 19, 2017

Source: Together for Short Lives

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Date of publication: November 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Together for Short Lives’ report on children’s palliative care services commissioned by NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities in England.  This report describes what CCGs and local authorities are claiming they do to plan, fund and monitor care for the 40,000 children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in England.  The aim is to use this information to help improve the commissioning process, to highlight gaps and start to identify where it is working well so others can learn how to improve commissioning.

Length of publication: 30 pages

The state of hospice services in England 2014 to 2017

November 3, 2017

Source: Care Quality Commission

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Date of publication: October 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report presents findings from CQC’s hospice inspection programme and finds that in hospice care across England a quarter of hospices were rated as outstanding, and 70% were rated as good.  It highlights the commitment staff and hospices demonstrate towards person-centred care.

Length of publication: 19 pages

One Year On: The Government Response to the Review of Choice in End of Life Care

October 2, 2017

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: September 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report is an update on how the National End of Life Care Programme Board is delivering personalisation and choice in care for people at or near the end of life.

Length of publication: 24 pages

Some important notes: The original report can be found here

Results of a national survey of support to adult care homes in England: A specialist palliative care provider perspective

August 29, 2017

Source: The National Council for Palliative Care 

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Date of publication: August 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report is the first study at a national level of specialist palliative care support to care homes. It combines quantitative and qualitative approaches to give insights into the challenges faced by care homes and specialist palliative care services supporting them to provide high quality end of life care. It also provides examples of good practice and recommendations for future work.

Length of publication: 49 pages