Palliative and end of life care

Death and dying are inevitable. Being able to live as well as possible until we die is something that we all value. The needs of people of all ages who are living with dying, death and bereavement, their families, carers and communities, must be addressed, taking into account their priorities, preferences and wishes. Personalised care in the last year(s) and months of life will result in a better experience, tailored around what really matters to the person, and more sustainable health and care services.

Palliative care is defined by the World Health Organisation as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-limiting illness, usually progressive. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual.

In England, the term ‘end of life care’ refers to the last year of life.

Who we work with

Who we are working with to improve palliative and end of life care.

Addressing inequalities

Why ensuring equality in palliative and end of life care is important and resources to help commissioners, service providers and health and social care staff achieve this.

Resources and support

Resources including key publications, blogs, and webinars to support the Palliative and End of Life Care programme. 

If you would like more information on the Palliative and End of Life Care programme:

  • Follow our Personalised Care Twitter account @Pers_Care
  • Join the PEoLC Future NHS network – This network is for colleagues working to improve palliative and end of life care (PEoLC) for people, patients, families and carers. It is open to all, not just NHS staff. You can share best practice, upcoming events, and start a discussion to learn from each other. All national updates and key publications are also shared on this workspace to support you. To request access, email
  • Join our monthly national webinars, covering a range of topics.
  • You can also email