Dying Well Community Charter pathfinders announced

National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) | Online – 7 January 2015

NCPC and Public Health England (PHE) have announced details of eight Pathfinder communities who are taking up the opportunity to pioneer a public health approach to end of life care in England. The Pathfinder communities were chosen from 23 organisations that expressed an interest, and will be supported and led by local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health & Wellbeing Boards, NHS and voluntary sector providers of health and social care. Pathfinders will be implementing the new Dying Well Community Charter and will receive support and resources from the NCPC and PHE to help their local community to work together to improve their response to people who are dying and those who have been bereaved. To help support local good practice, many of the Pathfinders will also support a “buddy” from another area.

The new Charter has been updated from ‘What makes a good death? A North East Charter.‘ It incorporates Priorities for Care that came from the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People recommendations, as well as work from the Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of General Practitioners’ End-of-Life Care Patient Charter.


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