Hackney redoubles efforts to support dying and bereaved

3 June 2015
Hackney’s Health and Wellbeing Board has committed to ensure that services for the dying, their families and carers in the east London borough are made as effective as possible.

The Board, made up of Hackney Council, Hackney and City Clinical Commissioning Group and other key health and social care organisations, held an event on 27 May 2015 at the Tomlinson Centre E8, to sign the Dying Well Community Charter. Other local organisations involved in caring for dying and bereaved people, including St Joseph’s Hospice, Social Action for Health, the City and Hackney GP Confederation, Homerton and Newham CCGs, also supported the event.

The commitment follows the announcement in January that Hackney has been chosen by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) - the lead charity of Dying Matters - and Public Health England (PHE) to be one of eight national pathfinders to implement the Dying Well Community Charter. 

The Charter, developed by NCPC and PHE, sets five priorities for care to ensure that dying and bereaved people are treated with dignity and respect, are involved in decisions and supported to plan for the end of life. Having pathfinder status means that Hackney will receive support and resources from the NCPC and PHE to implement the Charter. 

Councillor Jonathan McShane, Chair of Hackney Health and Wellbeing board, said: “We know there is a long way to go as a nation in addressing death and dying well. It can be a taboo subject, which means that sometimes people don’t get the care and support they need. It’s fantastic to see so many local organisations sign up to the Charter, which will help services to work together to improve services and support for the dying, their families and carers.” 

Michael Kerin, Health and Wellbeing Board member from the voluntary sector and Chief Executive of St Joseph’s Hospice, commented: “We are proud to be chosen as a pathfinder. The London borough of Hackney needs to galvanise support from every corner of our borough, schools, housing agencies, faith groups, the police and many other organisations have a vital role to play. This is about mobilising communities – and particularly our richly diverse Hackney communities – to offer help and comfort to their neighbours.”  

If you would like to sign up to the Dying Well Community Charter or want more information please contact Michael Kerin, Chief Executive of St Joseph’s Hospice, on 020 8525 6087.

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