New approach to care for the dying published
Last week, Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb, announced the key recommendations of the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) – the system-wide response to the 44 recommendations outlined in the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) More Care, Less Pathway.
The LACDP’s publication – One Chance To Get It Right, sets out a new approach for caring for all dying people in England, which centres on five Priorities for Care. You can read the full report and commitment statements here
The five new Priorities for Care succeed the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) as the new basis for caring for someone at the end of their life. The new approach focusses on giving compassionate care and is a move away from previous processes and protocols. It recognises that in many cases, enabling the individual to plan for death should start well before a person reaches the end of their life and should be an integral part of personalised and proactive care.
The new Priorities for Care mean that:
- The possibility that a person may die within the coming days and hours is recognised and communicated clearly, decisions about care are made in accordance with the person’s needs and wishes, and these are reviewed and revised regularly.
- Sensitive communication takes place between staff and the person who is dying and those important to them.
- The dying person, and those identified as important to them, are involved in decisions about treatment and care.
- The people important to the dying person are listened to and their needs are respected.
- Care is tailored to the individual and delivered with compassion – with an individual care plan in place. This priority includes the fact that a person must be supported to eat and drink as long as they wish to do so, and their comfort and dignity prioritised.
As a hospice we have always focused on the needs of our patients as individuals and have delivered care appropriate to that need. We will always continue to ensure that we deliver high quality care to patients and their families at the end of their lives and Rachel Hill, Director of Clinical Services commented:
“We welcome the new Priorities for Care and their focus on delivering compassionate, person-centred care. We are committed to helping ensure the new Priorities for Care are successfully implemented – to help improve care for dying people and their families.
We have longstanding experience of providing high quality, personalised care for dying people and their families, which is driven by their needs and preferences. We are keen to share our knowledge more widely and work in partnership with other organisations in our area – to help raise the standard of end of life care across all settings.”
The new priorities have been created by a coalition of 21 organisations known as the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) of which the charity Help the Hospices is a member.