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Care of Dying Adults in the last days of life: Implementing the 2017 NICE National Quality Standard

Monday 12 June 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Care of Dying Adults in the last days of life: Implementing the 2017 NICE National Quality Standard
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The New National Quality Standard for Care of Dying Adults in the last days of life has been published by NICE in March 2017. This conference will look at implementing and ensuring adherence to the quality standard in practice. 

“We know the vast majority of people in this country receive very good care at the end of life, but this isn’t always the case…Our guidance will support doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals so that they can work together to ensure that people die with dignity, whenever possible in the place of their choosing and with their symptoms effectively controlled.” Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of NICE

Professor Sam H Ahmedzai Specialist Committee Member, Care of Dying Adults in the last days of life Quality Standard & Chair Guideline Development Group for the Clinical Guideline NG31 on Care of the Dying Adult, NICE will give an important update on the New National Quality Standard for Care of Dying Adults in the last days of life including the role of audit and research in improving end of life care.

Through national updates, presentations from the Specialist Committee Members involved in producing the Quality Standard, and practical case studies the conference will focus on improving care of adults in the last days of life. Sessions will focus on putting personal experience first, monitoring adherence against the standards in practice, alignment of care with the preferences and needs of the dying person and those important to them, predicting and recognising last days of life and managing uncertainty, developing individual care plans and goals, symptom control and hydration and effective prescribing including anticipatory prescribing at the end of life. 

“NICE’s guideline on care of dying adults in the last days of life was published in response to the need for an evidence-based guideline for the clinical care of the dying adult. This quality standard is based on this guideline and identifies priority areas for quality improvement. It aims to improve the quality of care provided to adults in the last days of life, and help reduce variations in care between providers and across settings. The quality standard is expected to contribute to improvements in the following outcomes: 

  • Recognising that a person is in the last days of life 
  • Symptom control 
  • Alignment of care with the preferences and needs of the dying person and those important to them 
  • Satisfaction with care and support provided.”

NICE 2016 

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