Our vision for end of life care stated:
The public will become more open about death and dying and people will find it easier to talk about.
All NHS staff will be better trained in recognising and responding to signs that patients are entering the terminal phase of an illness. Patients will be allocated a key worker who will be their advocate, who will co-ordinate care and assess, support and review their needs and those of carers in the last months of life.
Patients will be given more choice in decisions about care and their preferred place of death. Their choices will be recorded in an advanced care plan that is available to all involved in their care and will take away the guess work for future caregivers.
Services will be in place, available 24/7, to respond to the changing needs of patients and carers, including rapid response services, hospice at home and hospices.
Carers will have their own needs assessed and will be supported if they become unable to continue caring. Bereavement support will also be available to them.
Delivering our vision
Work is going on in a number of areas to improve end of life care in the region. Click on the links below to find out more: