End of Life Care

Overarching aim: To provide strategic leadership and expert clinical support to commissioners and providers around end of life care in London. The network will deliver on a number of local priorities, as well support the national end of life care strategy, the Long Term Plan and the London Vision.

Key contacts

  • Clinical Director: Dr Caroline Stirling, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Camden, Islington ELiPSe and UCLH & HCA Palliative Care Service, CNWL Clinical Lead, Last Phase of Life Programme, North London Partners
  • Clinical Lead: Dr Lyndsey Williams, Macmillam GP Brent EOL, Clinical Director Brent CCG
  • Programme Lead for Dementia and EOLC Clinical Networks: Laura Cook
  • Senior Clinical Project Manager: Lucy Nelson (lucy.nelson18@nhs.net)
  • Project Manager: Funmi Bisi-Adewole (f.bisi-adewole@nhs.net)

Clinical Leadership Group (CLG)

Learn more about the End of Life Care Clinical Leadership Group and download CLG resources on the End of Life Care CLG page.

Publications

Download resources from the End of Life Care Clinical Network through our publications page.

Workstreams

  • The NHS will personalise care to improve end of life care
  • Early identification of people who may be in their last year of life
  • Improving end of life care in care homes
  • Increasing the number of advanced care plans for patients in their last year of life using the coordinate my care (CMC) electronic shared record platform.
  • The NHS will expand community health teams to provide fast support to people in their own homes as an alternative to hospitalisation

End of Life Care (EOLC) has been recognised as a London priority with the publication of the London vision strategy. While end of life care appears to be improving nationally, London faces a number of unique challenges from a higher than average number of patients dying in hospital, to inequality of service provision by borough or locality.

Palliative care referral forms

These specialist palliative care referral forms have been by the London Cancer Alliance / RM Partners palliative care group, but are based on versions that have developed over a number of years. They have been designed specifically to be used by hospital teams, GPs, and other potential referral sources, to refer to specialist palliative care services outside of hospital services. They are intended to be used when wishing to refer a specific patient for either community palliative care and/or SPC Inpatient Units (whether in hospice or hospital units). They are available both in PDF format, which can be printed off and completed by hand (and either Faxed or scanned and then emailed), or in Word format, which can be completed online and then emailed;  in both instances, please email only to the preferred service’s secure NHS Mail referral in-box. Because fax machines are still being used by some referral sources, there is still a space for fax information. It is to be hoped in time that this can be removed. Because of the historical organisation of cancer services across London, there are two separate forms, one covering north west, south west and south east London and one other covering north central and north east London. North Central and North East London: PDF form or Word form South and West London: PDF form or Word form.