What we’re doing to improve palliative and end of life care

NHS England is taking an ambitious and transformative approach to palliative and end of life care (PEoLC) to support the delivery of sustainable, responsive, personalised palliative and end of life care for all, irrespective of age, area, condition or setting.

This is being delivered within a robust national governance framework that is reflected at a regional level via PEoLC Strategic Clinical Networks. These seven networks have an identified Regional Senior Responsible Officer, Integrated Care Board (ICB) Senior Responsible Officer, Regional Clinical Lead and Regional Network Manager. The activity within these reflect at a local level, the national priorities.

The following are the national workstreams for PEoLC that will consider an all age approach, working with people of lived experience and working to improve access, improve sustainability, and reduce health inequalities:

  • Clinical Excellence – to support outstanding clinical care, based on the best available evidence, to ensure personalised palliative and end of life care for people of all ages in all settings.
  • Health Inequalities – reducing health inequalities in PEoLC as part of the national Core20PLUS5 approach
  • Workforce – working with partners to support and maintain a confident, capable and sustainable workforce.
  • Commissioning– supporting integrated care boards in their statutory duty to commission personalised, high quality PEoLC within integrated care systems, making optimal, sustainable use of funding.
  • Data and Intelligence– establishing a clear pathway for the definition, development and implementation of information standards for PEoLC.

For further information and updates on workstream activity, join our Future NHS PEoLC Network. To request access, email england.palliativeandendoflife@nhs.net