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Supporting Patients and their Families at the End of Life

Newsdate: 15 July 2014

From today the same principles for caring for dying patients will be in use across the Wigan Borough, whether the patient is dying within the hospitals, hospice or community. 

Healthcare organisations across Wigan and Leigh will focus on meeting the unique needs of individual patients using the new five Priorities of Care outlined in the document “One Chance to get it Right: Improving people’s experiences of care in the last few days and hours of life”.

The priorities have been developed by a coalition of 21 organisations known as the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) and will be used within healthcare organisations nationwide. 

The Priorities of Care supersede the Liverpool Care Pathway and maintain a focus on continuing to provide compassionate care while moving away from protocols and processes.

Healthcare organisations across Wigan and Leigh have been working together for the last 12 months to ensure that care for people approaching the end of life continues to be focused on meeting individual needs and wishes in line with the Priorities of Care.

The priorities recognise that personalised end of life care plans should be created and communication with patients and those close to them is fundamental.

The partnership of organisations across Wigan Borough is committed to applying the five Priorities of Care in order to ensure high quality end of life care is delivered in every healthcare setting - hospitals, the community and hospices.

A rolling programme of education and training will also be implemented to ensure understanding and full use of the priorities across the borough.

In order to meet the 5 priorities a plan of care will be developed for those approaching the end of life and agreed with each patient and those close to them.

The partnership will endeavour to continue to improve this important service and always put patients and their families at the centre of everything we do.