Guidance for staff responsible for care after death (last offices)

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Corporate author(s)
NHS National End of Life Care Programme; National Nurse Consultant Group (Palliative Care)
NHS National End of Life Care Programme
Date of publication
6 April 2011
Health Services, Older Adults, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This guidance is written for health and social care professionals, who care for the person who has died and their carers, and details the key elements of care provision in the immediate period following death – the final step of the end of life care pathway. Responsibilities for caring for the deceased moves between differing professions and teams of nurses, doctors, porters, mortuary staff, pathologists, coroners, funeral directors and bereavement teams – and implementation of this guidance will help prevent either duplication of roles or gaps in care provision.