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


What do we know now that we didn’t know a year ago? New intelligence on end of life care in England

May 23, 2012

Source: National End of Life Care Programme

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Date of publication:  May 2012

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell: This report highlights the progress made in the implementation of the Department of Health’s End of Life Care Strategy and identifies the successes of the programme as well as those areas that need improvement. The report consists of 16 categories including:

  • place of care and death
  • latest trends in different settings
  • disease types
  • costs
  • quality of care
  • workforce and public attitudes

Examples of areas for improvement highlighted by the report include unplanned emergency care and advance care planning with a view to improve the experience of patients and their families but also to deliver more cost-effective care.

Length of publication: 28 pages


Understanding the cost of end of life care in different settings

April 26, 2012

Source: Marie Curie  

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report from Marie Curie’s considers the economic impact of providing care to patients in the community, rather than in the acute setting and presents a clear argument for the development of high-quality community-based care.  Marie Curie estimate:

  • community care at the end of life costs £145 per day
  • specialist palliative in-patient care costs £425 per day
  • changing the setting of care could reduce daily costs by £280.
  • between 355,000 and 457,000 patients need palliative care annually.
  • If community services were developed to enable just 30,000 patients to reduce their hospital stay by just four days, there could be a saving of £34 million.

Length of publication: 8 pages


Comparing the costs of alternative models of end-of-life care

October 27, 2011

Title: Comparing the costs of alternative models of end-of-life care

Source: Journal of Palliative Care 2011 Summer; 27(2), p126-33

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Date of publication: Summer 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This study explores the financial consequences of decreased acute care utilisation and expanded community-based care for patients at the end of life in England. Results suggest that reducing reliance on acute care could release resources and better meet peoples’ preferences.

Length of publication: 8 pages

Acknowledgements: Pubmed

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End of Life Care Locality Registers evaluation: final report

July 27, 2011

Source: National End of Life Care Programme

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Date of publication: June 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Published by Ipsos MORI this report presents the findings from an evaluation of eight locality register pilot sites across England which began operating in October 2009.  

Length of publication: 169 pages


Dying well matters: one Wales 3 years on. 2008-2011

March 25, 2011

Source:  Welsh Assembly Government 

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:   This report highlights the progress of the work of the Palliative Care Implementation board in Wales over a 3 year period.  Progress includes:

  • Wales-wide full-time access to specialist palliative care 
  • adequate funding for hospices providing specialist palliative care on behalf of the NHS
  • provision of training within primary care teams focussing on clinical skills and referrals
  • development of  an electronic patient information system
  • systematic capture of patients’ feedback which is used to improve services.

2010-11  ringfenced funding of £6.888 million will be maintained for 2011-12.

Length of publication: 33 pages

 Acknowledgement: National End of Life Care Programme website.


NCPC and Help the Hospices Funding Survey 2010

December 20, 2010

Source: National Council for Palliative Care

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Date of publication: December 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: In October 2010, NCPC and Help the Hospices surveyed adult palliative care providers to see what their current funding situation was and how much the wider financial climate was impacting on them.

In 2010/11, £150M of revenue funding is due to be distributed to support the implementation of the End of Life Care Strategy (England). Despite this, the survey found:

  • A third of all respondents were aware of care staff cuts in local palliative and end of life care services.
  • Nearly 30% of hospices (voluntary sector and NHS) have already had their statutory funding cut in the current year.
  • 30% of all respondents anticipate a decrease in their statutory funding in 2011/12.

Length of publication: 4 pages

Acknowledgement: National Council for Palliative Care