End of Life Care

Inquiry status: Concluded

In June 2014 the Department of Health announced a new approach for those caring for dying people in England during the last days of their life.  The approach focuses on achieving five Priorities of Care that should be applied whenever and wherever someone is dying, whether in hospital, a hospice, their own home or another location.

This inquiry takes a broader look at the issue of Palliative and End of Life Care for children, young people, adults and the frail elderly, examining the way that health and social care services, and the voluntary and community sector, support people who are likely to die within 12 months, and the experience of those caring for people at the end of life.  

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External links

The following links include information related to end of life care:

Gov.UK press release, with information on the new Priorities for Care

Gov.UK publication of the Independent Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway

NHS England publication on end of life care