End Of Life Care
HC 805, Fifth Report of Session 2014-15 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes Relating to the Report
- House of Commons - Health Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'End Of Life Care (HC 805)' looks at the state of end of life care since the independent Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway, chaired by Baroness Neuberger, and finds great variation in quality and practice across both acute and community settings.
The Committee makes a number of recommendations for improvement and in particular strongly recommends that social care should be free at the end of life.
Other conclusions included that:
all clinicians and providers who may care for people at the end of life should be aware of the Five Priorities of Care, but in light of the variation in practice a senior named person in each NHS Trust be given responsibility - for monitoring how end of life care is being delivered within their organisation;
expertise should be more equitably available to people with a non-cancer diagnosis, older people and those with dementia;
all staff who provide palliative and end of life care to people with life limiting conditions should receive training in advance care planning, including the different models and forms that are available and their legal status (most people who express a preference would like to die at home, but this is often made more difficult by the shortfall in community nurses and specialist outreach palliative care);
sustainable, long term funding for the hospice sector also needs to be addressed as part of the Government's response to the Palliative Care Funding Review; and
bereavement support for families should also be consistently included as part of end of life care.
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