End of life care improving according to report

July 10, 2015

Source: Public Health England

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Date of publication: June 26th

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: The ‘What We Know Now 2014’ report suggests a growing understanding within the health sector of what is important to people at the end of life. The report finds that home continues to be the preferred place of death for people in England, followed by hospices and care homes. The proportion of people dying at home or in care homes has increased from 35% (166,749) in 2004 to 44% (207,764) in 2013. The number of people dying in hospitals has dropped by 50,000 since 2004. In 2013, this was less than half of all deaths (227,748).

The factors most important to people at the end of their life are having pain and other symptoms managed effectively, being surrounded by loved ones and being treated with dignity.

 


What’s important to me: a review of choice in end of life care

March 16, 2015

Source: Choice in End of Life Care Programme Board

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The independently led Review of Choice in End of Life Care has provided advice to Government which includes: establishing a ‘national choice offer’ focused on individual’s end of life care needs by April 2020; providing an additional £130 million funding for end of life health and social care services; establishing 24/7 community end of life care by 2019 in all areas implementing shared electronic end of life care records by April 2018 in all areas; and a named responsible senior clinician for all people approaching the end of life.

Length of publication: 72p.

 

 

 


Every moment counts: A narrative for person-centred coordinated care for people near the end of life care

March 11, 2015

Source: National Council for Palliative Care; National Voices

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: Narrative document

In a nutshell: Every Moment Counts: a narrative for person centred coordinated care for people near the end of life sets out how good, coordinated – or integrated – care looks to people near the end of life and is written from their point of view.

Length of publication: 26 pages

 


Wirral end of life care charter: why I believe in it

March 10, 2015

Source: ehospice.com

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: The new Wirral end of life care charter launches on 20 May, during Dying Matters Week 2015. Its 12 expectations seek to help everyone understand that help is available for them to have the best quality of life possible, for as long as possible, and their personal choices drive their care plan.

Length of publication: 1 page

 


How community-based nursing in Scotland can ease the pressure on the NHS

February 5, 2015

Source: Marie Curie Cancer Care

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Blog

In a nutshell: This blog from Diana Hekerem comments on the shifting of resources from acute services into the community in order that people can be cared for at home if they have no clinical need to be in hospital. The blog highlights the Marie Curie Nursing Service community-based models of care which have supported patients to spend their final weeks at home in a hospice; facilitated safe and timely discharge and offer general nursing and emotional support.

 


New care model gives patients 24/7 access to end of life care

January 9, 2015

Source: Health Service Journal

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: Web article

In a nutshell: A partnership between Marie Curie, St John’s Hospice and a local community trust has resulted in increased access to 24/7 end of life care in areas around North Lancashire. Before the services were commissioned there was a noticeable lack of capacity in the local community team to support patients at short notice and overnight. Now increasing numbers of patients are able to receive rapid access to care and are also able choose where and when their care is received.

 


Caring for people in the last days and hours of life – Guidance

January 9, 2015

Source: The Scottish Government

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell: The Scottish Government has published new national guidance to support clinical and care staff who are planning and providing care during the last days and hours of life, following the phasing out of the Liverpool Care Pathway.

Length of publication: 15 pages