The government has made 6 commitments to the public to end variation in end of life care across the health system by 2020.
Honest discussions between care professionals and dying people
Dying people making informed choices about their care
Personalized care plans for all which are discussed with care professionals
The involvement of family and carers in dying people`s care
A main contact so dying people know who to contact at anytime of the day
Source: GOV.UK: 'Government commits to high quality end of life care' (July 2016)
General end of life care is provided by a wide range of health and social care professionals, including GPs, community nurses, community matrons and domiciliary care workers. End of life care in the West of Berkshire has a multi-disciplinary approach undertaken by Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust Community Team, Royal Berkshire Hospital Palliative Care Team and Wokingham CCG This support is also provided in a wide range of settings, such as care homes, community hospitals and the patient’s home. Domiciliary care is provided by the three intermediate care services in each of the Berkshire East Local Authorities, supported by clinical staff from Berkshire East Community Health Service.
Find me Help facilitated by Dying Matters gives a comprehensive UK directory for individuals and their families approaching the last stages of life. NHS Choices has a resource outlining what to expect from end of life care, choices available, hospice care and support.
Gold Standards Framework (GSF) is a framework of multiple tools, tasks and resources that can be adapted within GP practices and community nursing teams and care homes to improve end of life care for patients with end stage illness.
Advanced Care Plans (ACP) is a document that individuals hold and take with them can be used to detail the individuals hold and take with which can be used to detail the individuals thoughts about their care and the choices they would like to make. This enables any care staff to read about what matters to the individual, thereby facilitating continuity of care.
Advanced directives are legal documents, such as the living will, that will allow people to convey their decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They provide a way for patients to communicate their wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals.
Berkshire West CCG have also produced a video to support the conversations of End of Life planning and how to plan a good death. It is called A Good Death, Molly's Story. Read 'A Good Death' - Molly's Story on the NHS website