Our response to the publication of Marie Curie and LSE's report into end-of-life care

“We welcome the report from Marie Curie and the London School of Economics, because it shares our overarching aim to improve the experience of people facing the end of their lives, and recognises the important part families and carers play in supporting terminally-ill people.

“The report reflects many of the issues that Prospect Hospice considered when we developed our five year strategy, which we published in 2012. We identified the importance of recognising that our growing, ageing population will create greater demand on hospices and other organisations already involved in the delivery of end-of-life care. This meant that we would have to grow and adapt our own services to meet this increased need, or potentially risk leaving gaps in the care and support we could give to our community. We were already working in partnership with local care homes, care commissioners and staff at the Great Western Hospital, and we have done much since then to build upon and strengthen our relationships with local health and social care providers. Our partnership with GWH, for example, was cited as a leading example of joint working by former health secretary Andrew Lansley MP, and chimes with this report’s point about the savings the NHS could make through partnerships between hospices and acute hospitals.

“That is not to be complacent, however. We know that this report’s focus on the lesser representation of identified demographic groups is an issue for the hospice sector, as is the lower levels of access for people with a non-cancer diagnosis. We recognise that there is still work, not just for Prospect Hospice but everyone involved in end-of-life care, for us to get even closer to our vision of excellence and choice in end-of-life care for everyone.”

Warren Finney, Head of Community Engagement, Prospect Hospice

 

A link to the report can be found by clicking here

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