Caring for the Dying Patient

The “Caring for the Dying Patient” document takes into account the issues raised within the Neuberger report and the recommendations in “One Chance to Get it Right”, published in June 2014, which sets out the priorities for care when a person is dying.

It is imperative for good end of life care to have sufficient training in place for teams to manage patients well and to hold sensitive conversations with dying patients and their relatives.  This document will help to support that process but forms only a small part of good end of life care.

The Caring for the Dying Patient Documentation

1 Title Page Contact Information – 2015

1 Title Page Contact Information – 2015 – Word Document available for adjusting to local needs

2 Medical Assessment – 2015

3 Nursing Assessment – 2015

4 Daily Reassessment – 2015

4 Daily Reassessment – 2015 – Word Document available for adjusting to local needs


Caring for the dying patient guidance v2 Sept 2018 NB: this form may be used as an A4 double sided or A5 folded document and may be adjusted for local use.

Additional Supportive Resources – Caring for the Dying Patient

Supplementary documentation to support the Regional Caring for the Dying Patient document

When Someone is Dying Leaflet – information leaflet

24 hr communication record_ patient/carer

Care Plan Accountability for the Dying Patient

Core Care Plans

Agitation Core Care Plan

Care Plan Community Nursing

Communication Core Care Plan

Dyspnoea Core Care Plan

End of Life Core Nursing Care Plan

Nausea and Vomiting Core Care Plan

Pain Core Care Plan

Respiratory Tract Secretions Core Care Plan

Spirituality Core Care Plan

Care after death

Care after Death

Verification of Expected Death

Grieving Booklet – information leaflet

One Chance To Get It Right DVD

A 10 minute DVD which can be included in the palliative and end of life care training of health care workers. It uses a number of common scenarios and the consequences of differing responses. The aim is to sensitise staff to the needs of patients and their relatives/carers in the last few days of life. Ideally the DVD should be used within a group training session as it provokes discussion. The DVD can be borrowed from the Network with the proviso that Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust is acknowledged as the maker and copyright holder of the product. To borrow a copy please email with a subject title of Palliative & EoL Care Group.