NHS Improvement have published information about the End of life care collaborative. They ran a 150-day programme, involving 16 volunteer trusts, to improve end of life care across a number of settings to improve the experience and quality of care received by patients at end of life. They have published the following case studies:
• Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS FT
• Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT
• Rotherham NHS FT
• Hillingdon Hospitals NHS FT
• St George’s University NHS Trust
• Cumbria Partnership NHS FT
• Colchester Hospital University NHS FT
How the National End of Life Care Programme Board is delivering personalisation and choice in care for people at or near the end of life. | Department of Health
This report sets out the progress the National End of Life Care Programme Board has made in implementing the government’s choice commitment.
The measures include:
- supporting the roll-out of digital palliative and end of life care records to all areas by 2020
- inspecting and rating NHS hospital and community services for end of life care
- providing support to trusts to help them improve end of life care services
- testing personal health budgets for people approaching the end of life to give them choice and control over their care
- developing metrics to assess quality and experience in end of life care
- working to change the nursing and medical undergraduate and postgraduate curricula to improve patient choice and quality of care
Full report: One Year On: The Government Response to the Review of Choice in End of Life Care
This guidance document provide resources and tips for commissioners, service providers and health and social care staff providing, or delivering care to people with a learning disability at the end of their lives. | NHS England
The resource provides a number of ‘ambitions’ regarding end of life care for people who have a learning disability, and contains ‘top tips’, resources and good practice examples to support the achievement of each ambition.
Full document: Delivering high quality end of life care for people who have a learning disability: Resources and tips for commissioners, service providers and health and social care staff.
A systematic review was undertaken to examine the quantity and quality of data-based research aimed at improving the (a) processes and (b) outcomes associated with delivering end-of-life care in hospital settings | BMC Palliative Care
A total of 416 papers met eligibility criteria. The number increased by 13% each year (p < 0.001). Most studies were descriptive (n = 351, 85%), with fewer measurement (n = 17) and intervention studies (n = 48; 10%). Only 18 intervention studies (4%) met EPOC design criteria. Most reported benefits for end-of-life processes including end-of-life discussions and documentation (9/11). Impact on end-of-life outcomes was mixed, with some benefit for psychosocial distress, satisfaction and concordance in care (3/7).
More methodologically robust studies are needed to evaluate the impact of interventions on end-of-life processes, including whether changes in processes translate to improved end-of-life outcomes. Interventions which target both the patient and substitute decision maker in an effort to achieve these changes would be beneficial.
Full reference: Waller, A. et al. (2017) Improving hospital-based end of life care processes and outcomes: a systematic review of research output, quality and effectiveness. BMC Palliative Care. Published: 19 May 2017
Nicola Spencer introduces the enhanced Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care website which will be the new go-to place for resources and learning | NHS England
Struggling to keep up to date and informed on changes impacting on palliative and end of life care? Not sure where to find the latest resources and improvement examples?
Then you will be pleased to hear we have launched a tailor made national End of Life Care (EoLC) Knowledge Hub providing you with a ‘one stop shop’ of palliative and EoLC information.
This hub provides anyone involved in the commissioning or provision of palliative and end of life care with a quick and easy way to source information, including helpful tools and resources to drive delivery of the Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care – a national framework for local action.
Read the full overview here
Find the website here
Public Health England has published Public perceptions and experiences of community-based end of life care initiatives: a qualitative research report.
This report is aimed at commissioners of end of life care services to support new ways of commissioning through using public health approaches to build compassionate communities. The key objectives of the research were to understand the awareness and knowledge of community end of life care across a number of key audiences; their perceptions of community end of life care; their experiences of end of life care and any community initiatives; and any improvements that could be made to community end of life care.
A range of presentations from a recent conference, which gave an overview of NHS England’s national programme for end-of-life care, and explored innovative approaches to palliative and end-of-life care. Lessons from good practice were shared, along with case studies in palliative care and local end-of-life care commissioning and delivery.