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Overhaul of End of Life Care system

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The Department of Health has issued a press release following the recent independent review of end of life care. As a result of the review a number of changes will take place in the use of  the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP)


The review includes the following recommendations:

  • phasing out the LCP and and replacing it with an individual end of life care plan
  • a general principle that a patient should only be placed on the LCP or a similar approach by a senior responsible clinician in consultation with the healthcare team
  • unless there is a very good reason, a decision to withdraw or not to start a life-prolonging treatment should not be taken during any ‘out of hours’ period
  • an urgent call for the Nursing and Midwifery Council to issue guidance on end of life care
  • an end to incentive payments for use of the LCP and similar approaches
  • a new system-wide approach to improving the quality of care for the dying

The full press release and review documents can be accessed here


One thought on “Overhaul of End of Life Care system

  1. Reblogged this on PC KM Updates and commented:
    Changes to End of Life Care


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