Our report,'At the Crossroads: How can the NHS Long Term Plan improve end of life care in England?', looks at how national and local systems need to work together to seize the opportunities contained in the NHS Long Term Plan for England and push forward to achieve lasting improvements in end of life care.
The NHS Long Term Plan has set the national direction of travel for the NHS in England for the next 10 years and outlines that end of life is a priority area for improving care. This needs to translate into action now.
This report is based on research and insight gathered from healthcare professionals working on the front line. It is their real experience of trying to deliver personalised care for people at end of life in what remains a fragmented system. These professionals ranged in location and job title, but there were many similarities in what they had to tell us. The conversations are framed around seven commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan we have identified as being most relevant to end of life care. For each commitment, we address what needs to happen in health and care to ensure services can be successful in delivering improvements to end of life care.Close