Supporting trusts to improve end of life care
A nursing fellowship enabled Daljit Athwal to lead a national improvement programme supporting acute trusts whose end of life care had been judged as ‘requiring improvement’ or ‘inadequate’
End of life care has received a lot of bad press in recent years, including alarming stories about the Liverpool Care Pathway, with worried relatives suggesting that patients were being put on ‘death lists’ and that the pathway was being used to cut costs.
Despite the concerns raised about end of life care nationally, there is evidence of good practice. The Care Quality Commission (CQC), in its 2016 report A Different Ending – Addressing Inequalities in End of Life Care , found examples of care that demonstrate what can be...
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