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

Best practice in care coordination for palliative and end of life care services: information for commissioners

June 22, 2017

Source: The National Council for Palliative Care

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Date of publication: May 2017

Publication type: Information resource

In a nutshell: This new publication from the NCPC is an information resource to support commissioners in planning, designing, commissioning and evaluating optimal end of life care coordination systems for their local areas.

Length of publication: 11 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.

Commissioning of specialist palliative care services in England

March 9, 2017

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2017 Feb; 0: 1-9

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Date of publication: February 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article explores the variation in commissioning of palliative care services across England by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The study concludes that whilst there is excellent specialist palliative care provision in parts of England, there is a vast degree of variation across the country and across different services. Most strikingly, there is little uniformity in the data CCGs are required to hold, and disparity in the responsibility of service provision between CCGs, Trusts and local hospices.

Length of publication: 9 pages

Commissioning care for people with dementia at the end of life: a mixed-methods study

January 10, 2017

Source: BMJ Open 2016; 6: e013554

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Date of publication: December 2016

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article aims to understand how end-of-life care for people with dementia is currently commissioned and organised, with a view to informing the development of commissioning guidance for good-quality community-based EoL care in dementia.

Length of publication: 8 pages

End of Life Care: Fifth report of Session 2014-15

April 10, 2015

Source: House of Commons Health Committee

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: Parliamentary report

In a nutshell: This report looks at the state of End of Life Care since the Independent Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway. This report makes a number of recommendations for improvement.

Length of publication: 54p.


Developing a new approach to palliative care funding

March 10, 2015

Source: NHS England

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: NHS England has produced a development currency for palliative care which focuses on patient need. The aim of the work is to provide a transparent basis for palliative care commissioning.

Length of publication: 35p.

Acknowledgement: Primary Care Commissioning