Building on the best in England: Compassionate care at the end of life

We are working together with the National Council for Palliative Care to ensure that everyone who dies in hospital receives high quality compassionate care.

In England, Macmillan and the National Council for Palliative Care are working in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement to build on the existing national end of life care programme ‘Transforming end of life in acute settings’. This is a successful programme originally set up by NHS Improving Quality in 2013.

The programme will provide support, knowledge and leadership to hospital staff so that everyone receives consistent and enhanced care in hospital settings, that embeds compassion, choice and quality care for all at the end of life.

10 acute hospital trusts were selected in England in February 2016:

  • Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital NHSFT
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital NHSFT
  • Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital NHSFT
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHSFT
  • East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust
  • Poole Hospital NHSFT
  • Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Anita Hayes from the NCPC was part of the panel who selected the ten successful trusts. She said: 'We were impressed by the number and the quality of the applications received. The Transform programme has clearly helped hospitals make good progress in this area. Building on the best will enable us to take this further and help develop ways for these improvements to be shared widely.'

'Building on the best' written next to three semi circles joining to make a circle shape.

Further information

If you would like to find out more about how the Building on the Best programme is progressing, please contact Josephine Fletcher, End of Life Care Project Manager.