End of Life Care Commissioning
Thursday 13 October 2016
Hallam Conference Centre, London
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-The importance of good end of life care cannot be overestimated” Care Quality Commission May 2016
This conference focuses on effective commissioning for high quality end of life care. Through national updates, extended sessions and case studies the conference will provide a practical guide to outcomes based commissioning in end of life care.
-Health and social care commissioners have an essential role to play in ensuring that people who are approaching the end of their life receive high quality treatment, and care that supports them to live as well as possible until they die, and that when they die they are able to do so with their dignity maintained. Patients, carers and their families give us valuable insights into the services being commissioned locally. It is important that their voice is heard, and wherever possible, they are encouraged to actively engage with any planned changes so we can ensure that the changes we are planning will add value to the patient, and ensure they are at the centre of all we do. Any commissioning plans must encompass good bereavement and pre-bereavement care, including care for children and young people. Good commissioning, as shown opposite, places the individual at the heart of this process with services designed in consultation and in collaboration with people who use them, families and carers. Throughout this toolkit we refer to people, their families, carers, other loved ones and communities to include people approaching the end of their life, those who are important to them and the wider community they live in. Commissioning high quality end of life care presents particular challenges because of the need to coordinate and integrate the care commissioned and provided across health and social care settings. It also offers commissioners the opportunity to ensure services achieve desired outcomes, including avoiding unwanted admissions to acute care in the last year of life, meeting peoples" choices and improving the consistency and quality of care.” Commissioning person centred end of life care, NHS England April 2016