NCPC wins national award for supporting people at end of life

18 March 2015
We're delighted to announce that the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), lead charity of Dying Matters, has been selected from more than 350 organisations to win a prestigious national award for supporting people at the end of life.

The GSK IMPACT Award, which includes £30,000 in unrestricted funding, recognises excellence among organisations working in health and wellbeing.

NCPC believes that everyone approaching the end of life has the right to the highest quality care and support. It  works with the government, health and social care staff, and people with personal experience of end of life issues to make good quality care and support a reality. In the last year alone, NCPC provided training around end of life issues to more than 500 GPs and health care professionals including dementia-specific communication skills and how to initiate sensitive conversations around end of life care. 

NCPC logoDiscussions about preparing for the end of life can be difficult, and dying people and their families can experience a huge sense of isolation. The Dying Matters Coalition, set up and led by NCPC to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement, now has a coalition of 30,000 members helping people make plans for the end of their lives and to talk more openly about death. Dying Matters runs an annual awareness week in May. During last year's awareness week there were more than 500 events across England and Wales which, together with online and media campaigns, reached over half a million people. 

The GSK IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, are designed to recognise the outstanding work of community-based health and wellbeing charities. In addition to the recognition and funding, NCPC will receive access to training and development worth an estimated £6,000. It will also be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network. The Network supports more than 60 award-winning charities with the opportunity to develop their leaders, share and learn from each other’s experiences and expertise, and build the recognition of their contribution to their communities

NCPC will receive its prize at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London on 14 May, along with the other nine winners. An overall winner, who will receive a further £10,000 in unrestricted funding, will be announced on the night.

Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care, said: "We’re delighted and honoured to have won a prestigious GSK Impact Award for our work – an award which would not have been possible without the collaborative work we have undertaken with NCPC subscribers, Dying Matters members and our wide range of partners.

"Progress is being made in getting more people the end of life care and support that’s right for them and ensuring important conversations about dying, death and bereavement take place before it’s too late, but there’s still a lot more to be done. That’s why we believe our work remains important and why this award is so welcome. It will not only enable us to strengthen our work but will also make us more determined than ever to continue with our efforts to change the nation’s approach to dying and bring about excellent end of life care for all those who need it, where and when they need it."

Katie Pinnock, Director, UK and Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK, commented: "We know that as people are living longer, they are dealing increasingly with debilitating conditions. Having an organisation which gives a voice to those in need of end-of-life care is invaluable. NCPC is an impressive charity achieving excellent results on behalf of people struggling with difficult circumstances."  

The judging panel  for the award included broadcast journalist Fiona Phillips; Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Sir Christopher Gent, Chair of GSK,and Sir Chris Kelly, Chair of The King’s Fund. 

Further information

The National Council for Palliative Care represents all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is the lead charity of Dying Matters. For more information, visit the NCPC website.

More about the winners and runners-up: GSK Impact Awards 2015.

The GSK IMPACT Awards, in partnership with The King’s Fund, are designed to recognise the outstanding work of community-based healthcare charities: more information

GSK is a world-leading research-based pharmaceutical and health care company. For more information, visit the GSK website.

The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. For more information, visit the King's Fund website

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