Public Sector Event

Improving End Of Life Care: Beyond The Liverpool Care Pathway

Venue: ICO Conference Centre
22 Berners Street

Date: 25 Feb 2014

Synopsis: This conference focuses on improving the quality of end of life care in light of the review into the Liverpool Care Pathway.

“The Government is to replace the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) and will ask senior clinicians to sign off all end of life care plans, as part of its response to the findings of an Independent Review”. Department of Health July 2013 “The Review panel strongly recommends that use of the Liverpool Care Pathway be replaced within the next six to 12 months by an end of life care plan for each patient, backed up by condition-specific good practice guidance…. But new guidelines cannot of themselves make the sea change that is urgently needed to raise the quality of care for the dying. A system-wide approach to professional practice and institution provision, measurable and monitored, is required to bring it about.” More Care, Less Pathway, Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway, July 2013 In response to the findings of the Liverpool Care Pathway Independent Review Dr Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for End of Life Care at NHS England and Chair, The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People said: “The findings of the review challenge us all, irrespective of whether we currently use the LCP. Anyone who is dying, irrespective of whether or not their care is supported by the LCP or any other integrated care pathway, should receive high quality, compassionate care in the last days and hours of life, and their families should be supported. But this is not always the case and we must address that inconsistency. The review panel’s recommendations chart a range of key areas - such as training, guidance, decision-making and evidence - in which the sector as a whole can act. We must seize this opportunity to impact positively on the care given to people who are dying, including where that care is already of a high standard.” NHS England, 29 August 2013 “In view of the Review panel’s serious concerns about the current state of care for the dying, it strongly recommends that the Government set improved quality of care for the dying as a priority for NHS England”. More Care, Less Pathway, Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway, July 2013


Kerry Tarrant Tel: 01932 429933 Fax: 020 8181 6491