This seminar was a timely opportunity to discuss end of life care in England - looking at next steps for personalisation, tackling inequalities and priorities for implementing new policy initiatives.
Delegates assessed the priorities for moving forward with the NHS Long Term Plan for end of life and palliative care.
There was discussion on the practicalities of implementation in areas such as supporting the personalisation of care - by working with patients, families, local authorities, hospices and the voluntary sector to improve communication - in the context of continuing the integration of services and developing the workforce.
It also took place with plans to accelerate the roll-out of personal health budgets (PHBs) to people receiving specialist end of life care in 2019/20, following publication of the Universal Personalised Care: Implementing the Comprehensive Model. Attendees considered the impact of PHBs on improving choice in end of life care - as well as key issues surrounding quality of care, support available to budget holders and the allocation of funding.
Further sessions discussed the next steps for the palliative care workforce - including developing roles, addressing shortages and priorities for training and education.
The seminar considered key issues for tackling inequalities in end of life care and improving access to palliative medicine.
Attendees examined the impact of NICE guidelines on ensuring the delivery of high quality care and access to individualised prescribing of palliative medicine - as well as progress on improving standards and quality in hospitals to support the reduction of clinical variation across England.
There was also discussion on improving children’s services - looking at developing clinical networks, facilitating choice for the place of care and priorities for the allocation of new funding for children’s palliative and end of life care announced within the NHS Long Term Plan.
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