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NICE launches end of life guidance to replace Liverpool Care Pathway

Guidelines on care for dying adults emphasise importance of individualised care plans  

Nurses must ensure dying patients have individualised care plans that take into account their needs and wishes, according to new guidance on caring for people in the final days of life.

The recommendations replace the controversial end of life framework the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), which was withdrawn in England last year after a government review.

This found serious failings in how the pathway was being implemented and has led to today’s publication of the Care of Dying Adults in the Last Days of Life guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The new guidelines go ‘above and beyond’ the LCP, according to the expert group, which developed it.

Personal approach

NICE independent committee member and district nurse Susan Dewar said the new guidance puts dying people at the heart of care with individualised plans.

Ms Dewar said the

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