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Phil McCarvill Marie Curie Cancer Care Speaks on Learning from the National Care of the Dying 2014 Audit

Phil McCarvill Head of Policy and Public Affairs Marie Curie Cancer Care Speaks on Learning from the National Care of the Dying 2014 Audit: 

  • the findings from the 2014 Audit
  • changing and improving practice
  • improving data and key performance indicators for end of life care

The National Care of the Dying Audit for Hospitals  has been carried out by the Royal College of Physicians, with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool and Funded by Marie Curie and Public Health England.

The Audit draws on three sets of data:

  1. Individual patient records (6580 people who died in 149 hospitals in England – 1st-31st May 2013)
  2. An assessment of organisational readiness to deliver palliative and end of life care
  3. Views of 858 bereaved relatives.

Phil McCarvill detailed in depth the findings from the 2014 audit, including the key issues highlighting the lack of access to face to face palliative care, lack of 24/7 support and poor communication with individuals and their families. In his presentation he stated: 

"In the future we need to focus on two groups. Those who clinically need to be in hospital and those who could and want to be elsewhere"

"There needs to be far more confidence in community services, people need to know that community services can deliver"

"It works out around £480 pounds cheaper to treat someone in the community than it does in hospital"

"People shouldn't have to go into hospital just because there are no other alternatives" 

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Phil joined Marie Curie Cancer Care from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) where he was an Associate Fellow working on health, housing and equalities issues.  Prior to joining IPPR, he was the Head of Public Sector Duties at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality.  He also has experience of working in local government and the NHS.   Phil has written extensively on a range of issues including equalities, health, housing and electoral reform.  Phil has a Ph.D. in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick.

Events of interest: 

Delivering Individual Care Plans for Care of the Dying Person
Wednesday 21 January 2015, London

Legal Issues in End of Life Care Masterclass
Wednesday 14 January 2015, London

Tuesday 10 March 2015, London

Tuesday 19 May 2015, London 


Download: Phil McCarvill's Presentation

10 December 2014


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