NCPC publish key actions for end of life providers and local decision makers

Date: 
5 November 2012
The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) has today launched a further three Action Sheets for its influential What about end of life care? toolkit, designed to help local people secure high-quality palliative and end of life care in the reformed health and social care system.

The three new Action Sheets launched today are:  

  • Action Sheet 4: Health & Wellbeing Boards (HWBs)  HWBs are new statutory committees of every upper-tier Local Authority in England, designed to improve integration between health, social care and public health. HWBs come into force from April 2013 and present a key opportunity to achieve a more joined up, systems-approach to supporting people approaching the end of life.
  • Action Sheet 5: Hospices & specialist palliative care (SPC) services – Continue to be key players in both providing and championing high-quality palliative and end of life care. SPC providers are urged to make contacts with the new local decision-makers and consider new ways of working to deliver wider objectives, for example reducing unnecessary hospital admissions.
  • Action Sheet 6: Housing & care providers – People’s living arrangements are integral to their wellbeing and as such housing and care providers play a key, but often overlooked, role in supporting people approaching the end of life.

Commenting on the toolkit, Simon Chapman, Director of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs at NCPC, said:

“There has been significant change in the health and social care landscape in England since the coalition Government took power in 2010. New structures, institutions and frameworks have been created by the Health and Social Care Act, and there are new decision-makers and budget-holders with revised responsibilities and accountabilities.

 “The sense of uncertainty about the exact nature of the reformed system is now beginning to lift, and it is time to translate government policy into practice. We have produced the What about end of life care? toolkit to help local people ensure high quality end of life care is delivered locally.”

The Action Sheet for housing and care providers was co-produced with English Community Care Association, National Care Forum and Housing 21.

Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, ECCA and Chair, Care Providers Alliance said:

 “With the health and social care system going through enormous change, it is important that local communities and care providers understand the new structures and how to work effectively on some of the core issues that define quality services, such as end of life care.

 The new toolkit, which has just been launched by NCPC, is a much-needed resource and I would urge all care providers to take advantage of this resource because it will really help you to navigate through a new and emerging health and social care system.”

Sharon Blackburn, Policy and Communications Director, National Care Forum said:

“Another excellent resource from NCPC to assist providers of housing and care to consider the needs of people at the end of life locally. New ways of working are emerging; this action sheet provides tips for providers to consider.

The Action Sheet for hospices and specialist palliative care providers was co-produced with Help the Hospices and Sue Ryder.

Jonathan Ellis, Director of Public Policy and Parliamentary Affairs at Help the Hospices said:

“With decisions about health care now being made at a local level, local hospices have a vital role to play in helping commissioners make sure the needs of people approaching the end of life and their families are not forgotten.

“As one of the best examples of integrated palliative and end of life care within our care system, hospices are well-placed to help commissioners in every aspect of planning and delivering care for dying people and their families.

“This toolkit is a valuable resource to help hospices and commissioners work together to get it right for people at the end of life, during a period of unprecedented change in our health and social care system.

 Steve Jenkin, Director of Health and Social Care at Sue Ryder said:

 “Engaging with the new decision makers is key to ensuring we continue to deliver and develop services the people we support need. The challenges we all face as hospices with engaging the new decision makers is one that will determine the impact of future services.”

 

Notes

  1. What about end of life care? is published by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC). NCPC is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also leads the Dying Matters Coalition (www.dyingmatters.org) which aims to help transform public attitudes towards dying, death and bereavement in England.
  2. A hardcopy of the whole toolkit has been sent to NCPC subscribers. Selected Action Sheets are available for free download. For more information or extra copies please visit www.ncpc.org.uk/influencing-toolkit or contact NCPC at publications@ncpc.org.uk or call 020 7697 1520.
  3. Everyone who uses the toolkit is encouraged to report back on their progress. Visit http://ncpc.nativeye.com/toolkit , email policy@ncpc.org.uk or write to Policy Team-HQ, NCPC, The Fitzpatrick Building, 188-194 York Way, London, N7 9AS.
  4. Action Sheet 5 (hospices and specialist palliative care providers) was produced in collaboration with Help the Hospices (www.helpthehospices.org.uk) and Sue Ryder (www.sueryder.org).
  5. Action Sheet 6 (housing and care providers) was produced in collaboration with English Community Care Association (www.ecca.org.uk), National Care Forum (www.nationalcareforum.org.uk) and Housing 21 (www.housing21.co.uk).
  6. For media enquiries please contact Joe Levenson, Director of Communications at NCPC on 020 7697 1520.


 

Share your story

A central part of NCPC's work is listening to what people with personal experience of palliative and end of life care have to say. Please help us by sharing your story.

Share your story