Dying Out of Hours - 24/7 Care at the End of Life

Event type: 
9 May 2012

24/7 care is crucial to good quality end of life care. It is one of the priority areas in the End of Life Care Strategy (2008) for enabling people and their carers to be looked after according to their wishes and preferences. The Palliative Care Funding Review’s interim report (December 2010) called for immediate action to address gaps in 24/7 provision.

The right support can ensure people experience as good an end of life care as possible. A break down in services overnight can have devastating effects for the person and their carers. A lack of effective 24/7 care can create unnecessary hospital admissions and increased distress. But local provision is very variable; recent research by Macmillan Cancer Support found 44% of all PCTs were not providing 24/7 community nursing to people approaching the end of life.

We must continue to develop 24/7 provision, learning from current models and people’s experiences. Well coordinated and supported 24/7 care is essential to end of life care delivery that fits around people’s wishes and preferences.

This conference:

  • Highlighted the importance of 24/7 care for people approaching the end of life and their carers
  • Discussed the national policy initiatives to support greater provision of 24/7 care
  • Shared research findings on the current picture
  • Provided a forum to learn from different local and regional models
  • Considered how to maintain momentum in the current commissioning and financial climate