End of life care

The end of life care project, identified as a national priority in Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Review and one of the original seven areas of focus of Healthcare for London: A Framework for Action, aims to give patients choice in how they are cared for in the last months and days of their life.

The project aimed to support London’s clinicians and commissioners to improve the ability of experts working in all sectors of healthcare to identify a patient’s progression into the final stages of their life, improve coordination between healthcare agencies, and ensure that all agencies and individuals are working according to best practice processes.

Most professionals and organisations will have to manage end of life care to a greater or lesser extent, so it is vital that the services provided are well coordinated and that staff have the necessary skills to deal with such sensitive matters.

We have developed a range of toold to support commissioners in planning end of life services, including a good practice guide, economic modelling tool and London QIPP priorities. Further information about the project can be found in the project stock-take.