NCPC responds to the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People publication

26 June 2014
Our lead charity, the National Council for Palliative Care, is welcoming the new Priorities for Care identified for people at the end of life while continuing to call for a National Conversation about dying.

Norman Lamb, the Minister of State for Care and Support has today announced the key recommendations of the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP),  the national coalition set up to respond to the recommendations outlined in the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), More Care, Less Pathway.

In One Chance to Get it Right, the Leadership Alliance sets out a new approach for caring for dying people - centred around five Priorities for Care and based on the needs and wishes of individuals.

Speaking today, Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), the lead charity for Dying Matters, said: “There can be no excuse for not treating people with dignity, compassion and respect when they are dying, at the very time that they most need this. That’s why we welcome the new Priorities for Care and the commitments given from across the Leadership Alliance to ensuring that dying people and their families get the care and support that is right for them and in accordance with their wishes.

"The challenge now is to turn ambitions into action, and principles into practice. This requires strong leadership, at  local and national  level, so that all those involved in end of life care see it as a priority and make care of people who are dying part of their core business. It also requires the right training and support for staff, so that they understand what’s expected of them and how to best deliver excellent end of life care.

"This must also be accompanied by a National Conversation about dying, so that the public and health and care professionals alike become better able to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement and to plan for the end of life before it is too late.”

Professor Mayur Lakhani, NCPC Chair, added: “We only have one chance to get it right for people who are dying, which is why today’s announcement is so important. I would urge all frontline doctors and nurses to take heed of this report and to open conversations with people who are dying and their families at the earliest stage possible. I would also encourage patients and carers to ask more searching questions about their care. This helps to create the culture change we need to ensure that everyone who is dying is well cared for and supported.

"Never again must we accept the sort of poor care that was highlighted in the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway or in the recent National Care of the Dying in Hospitals Audit. Excellent end of life care for all those who need it, based on people’s individual needs and wishes, must become the norm everywhere and for everyone.”

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