People nearing the end of their lives
Supporting people nearing the end of their lives to live and die well in their community.

Most people say that they would like to be cared for at home when they reach the end of their life, yet only 21% actually die at home. Improving the identification of people who could benefit from a palliative care approach, and the coordination of their care, can help to address this disparity.

Palliative care and end of life care involves providing good care to people with life limiting conditions, or whose health is in irreversible decline. All health and social care professionals have a role to play in palliative and end of life care.

Having earlier open and honest conversations with people about palliative care can help people to have improved quality of life and ensure that they receive the care that they want at the end of life, and helps staff to coordinate care and support.


Case studies

The Community Care team (formerly Living Well in Communities) worked with Health and Social Care Partnerships to identify opportunities to test and implement improvements in the identification and care co-ordination of those who can benefit from palliative and end of life care.
The following case studies highlight key learning from our test sites: