What's important to me: a review of choice in end of life care

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Choice in End of Life Care Programme Board; Great Britain. Department of Health
Choice in End of Life Care Programme Board
Date of publication
26 February 2015
Health Services, Older Adults, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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It is known that too many people still do not receive good quality end of life care which meets their individual needs and wishes. For example, only just over half of respondents to the National Survey of Bereaved People felt that their relative had died in a place of their choice. At the same time the challenge of delivering consistently good experiences and outcomes for people at the end of their lives is growing. Each year, around 480,000 people die in England. This is predicted to increase to 550,000 by 2035. This report identifies the issues people approaching the end of life are currently facing and offers a blueprint for how greater choice in end of life care can be achieved. It proposes:

  • establishing a ‘national choice offer’ focused on individual’s end of life care needs by April 2020
  • providing an additional £130 million funding for end of life health and social care services
  • establishing 24/7 community end of life care by 2019 in all areas
  • implementing shared electronic end of life care records by April 2018 in all areas
  • a named responsible senior clinician for all people approaching the end of life