Dying Matters – A Partnership for Quality

24 February 2010
The English Community Care Association (ECCA), the leading representative body for independent care providers, is delighted to announce the formation of a strategic partnership between themselves and the Dying Matters Coalition, an initiative by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), which aims to promote public awareness around dying, death and bereavement.

Martin Green, Chief Executive of ECCA, says:

“Supporting people well at the end of their lives is one of the greatest measures of high quality social care.  ECCA is particularly pleased to be working with the Dying Matters Coalition which has done so much to redefine the notion of a good quality end of life experience and is delivering practical and tangible support to care providers and relatives.

 “We should all aspire to delivering as good a quality end of life experience as people have a right to expect throughout their experience with other parts of the care system.”

The Coalition aims to generate conversations throughout society about dying and thereby make a ‘good death’ a normal expectation, and for dying, death and bereavement to be accepted as a natural part of everybody’s life cycle.

Hilary Fisher, Director of the Dying Matters Coalition
, says:

“We are delighted that ECCA has joined the Dying Matters Coalition. For too long, issues of death and bereavement have been perceived as too big or scary to talk about; the ensuing silence has resulted in isolation and confusion among dying people and their families. Openness, conversation and communication are vital in addressing this.

“Dying Matters has just under seven thousand members, including community groups, healthcare bodies, private individuals and groups representing a range of faiths. The ECCA voice is welcome in a conversation that should continue across all sections of our society”.

The latest research, commissioned by the Dying Matters Coalition, shows that less than a third (29%) of people have discussed their wishes around dying and only 4% have written advance care plans. Consequently, despite around 70% of us saying that we’d like to die at home, currently around 60% die in hospitals, illustrating the importance of talking openly about our wishes if we want them to be met.




Notes to Editors:

  • ECCA works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing appropriate care  
  • For more information regarding the Dying Matters Coalition, please call the media team on 0207 618 9102

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