Supporting people to live and die well: a framework for social care at the end of life

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Corporate author(s)
NHS National End of Life Care Programme. Social Care Advisory Group
NHS National End of Life Care Programme
Date of publication
15 July 2010
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Health Services, Older Adults
Social welfare
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This framework, developed by the NEoLCP with the involvement of a group of senior professionals and other stakeholders in social care, sets out a direction of travel for social care at end of life. Work is now needed in order to:

  • Identify and raise awareness of the role of social care in supporting people at the end of life, among the public, social and health care workforce and management
  • Facilitate commissioning and delivery of person-centred, integrated care
  • Embed end of life care within commissioning and inspection frameworks and standards for practice
  • Strengthen the specialism of palliative care social work
  • Promote understanding and best practice in holistic assessment of individuals, their carers and families at the end of life
  • Promote early engagement with end of life care planning that builds on an holistic understanding of wellbeing
  • Educate and train social care staff to deliver high quality end of life care
  • Create a supportive work environment that enables social care workers to maximise their contribution to quality end of life care
  • Promote supportive communities through engagement with a wide range of community services
  • Work jointly with research commissioners and funders to establish a robust evidence base for good practice in social care at the end of life.

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