End of Life Care

In 2008, the Department of Health launched the national End of Life Care Strategy, which aims to improve the quality of care for all adults (irrespective of diagnosis) with life limiting illnesses.

End of life care is not solely concerned with the final hours or days of a person’s life (although in a hospital setting this can be the case).  It should begin from the point that a person is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.  This can mean that people with advanced, progressive and incurable illnesses may live for quite some time with that illness therefore; End of Life Care may in fact span a number of years.

The GHNHSFT End of Life Care education strategy (supported by the subject matter experts) is:  ‘End of Life Care is everyone’s business, whether you are directly involved with patients in the last stages of their lives or have contact with them or their carers/families in a more peripheral capacity.’  It is our belief that through enhanced knowledge and skills End of Life Care can be right every time and for everyone. 

“How people die remains in the memory of those who live on."

Dame Cicely Saunders (2008), Founder of the Modern hospice Movement

On-line free educational resources

County wide resources

NHS Electronic Staff Record - eLearning Support

Learning 4 Health


Further information

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence - Quality standard for end of life care for adults (November 2011)

Department of Health End of Life Care Strategy (2008) - Promoting high quality care for all adults at the end of life

Department of Health End of Life Care Strategy (2009) - Quality markers and measures for end of life care

Royal College of Nursing: Route to success - the key contribution of nursing to end of life care

The Route to Success in End of Life Care - achieving quality in acute hospitals

Gold Standards Framework (2008) - Prognostic indicator guidance paper 5