New approach to care for the dying published

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:

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.