End of Life Care
End of Life Care
What is End of Life Care?
The Department of Health (2008) Strategy for End of Life Care defines end of life care:
End of life care helps those with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die. It enables the supportive and palliative care needs of both patients and family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement. It includes management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support.
- End of life is described as the last 6 – 12 months of life
- The strategy aims to improve end of life care for all regardless of diagnosis and place of care
Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care
A national framework for local action 2015-2020 was published by the National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership
This framework is not a new strategy. It builds on the 2008 Strategy for End of Life Care and the improvements that have followed. The Strategy for End of Life Care was developed in a different world and a different NHS to the one that exists now. Today, the emphasis is on local decision-making and delivery, so The Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care provides a national framework for local action to create new ways to build more effective systems of care, putting existing resources to more imaginative and effective use, aligning with wider changes flowing from the NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2015).
e-ELCA (End of Life Care for All)
The e-learning programme End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) aims to enhance the training and education of the health and social care workforce so that well-informed high quality care can be delivered by confident and competent staff and volunteers to support people wherever they happen to be.
e-ELCA sessions have been highlighted as a resource to help with implementation of the NICE Guidelines on improving care for people who are in their last days of life (Care of Dying Adults in the Last Days of Life).
There are over 160 highly interactive sessions which are grouped into nine modules:
- Advance Care Planning
- Communications Skills
- Symptom Management
- Social Care
- Integrating Learning
- Specialist Content
The link to eELCA can be found in Guidance and resources.
National End of Life Care Intelligence Network
Public Health England’s National End of Life Care Intelligence Network supports the NHS, Local Authorities, health services and other interested stakeholders in monitoring comparative information on factors that describe population trends associated with end of life care. The link can be assessed with in the Guidance and resources.
NECN Palliative and End of Life Care Guidelines 2016
Fourth edition, updated for 2016. The guidelines have been written for any clinician responsible for the management and treatment of patients with palliative and end of life care needs, regardless of diagnosis. Select the ‘Booklet’ print option to compile as an A5 booklet for easy reference. NECN Palliative and End of Life Care Guidelines 2016