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


The state of the UK children’s hospice nursing workforce: a report on the demand and supply of nurses to children’s hospices

May 17, 2017

Source: Together for Short Lives

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report sets out what Together for Short Lives found when they carried out a snapshot survey of nurse vacancies at UK children’s hospice organisations in December 2016. They found that:
• the children’s hospice nurse vacancy rate has grown since 2015
• it is getting harder to recruit nurses to posts with increasing shortages of more experienced nurses
• the nursing shortfall means that children’s hospices are being increasingly forced to cut back the vital palliative care they can offer to families.

Length of publication: 28 pages

No regrets: how talking more openly about death could help people die well

May 17, 2017

Source: Macmillan Cancer Support

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report by Macmillan Cancer Support finds that more than 62,000 people die of cancer in hospitals each year in the UK despite a significant majority stating that they would like to die at home. It reveals the challenging obstacles that people face when discussing death and highlights the need for better communication to help people plan for their final days.

Length of publication: 15 pages


Heart failure and hospice care: how to make a difference

May 17, 2017

Source: Hospice UK

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Date of publication: May 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This guide is intended for people providing and commissioning hospice services. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the need for a hospice-enabled approach to heart failure, and to suggest ways to engage with this issue using examples from services which have found creative solutions to move forward and overcome the challenges.

Length of publication: 44 pages

Cost-effective commissioning of end of life care: understanding the health economics of palliative and end of life care

March 9, 2017

Source: Public Health England

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Date of publication: February 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The first half of this report presents the findings of a review of the available literature on the costs and effectiveness of different initiatives and schemes designed to improve patients and carers experiences at the end of life. The second half of this report describes the new end of life care economic tool and the methodology underpinning this tool.

Length of publication: 72 pages

Some important notes: A user guide and analytical tool are also available to support this report.