Providing quality end of life care to older people dying in nursing care homes in the UK. Are we are asking the impossible?

Julie Kinley is a Nurse Consultant for care homes at St Christopher’s Hospice Care Home Project and Research team.EoL_in_carehomes

It is rare for any positive publicity to emerge from care homes these days. Press reports about care tend to be generally negative regardless of care setting, as illustrated by the recent Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundations Trust Public Inquiry report and the report More care less pathway, a review of the Liverpool Care Pathway’ by Julia Neuberger. Since there are three times as many beds in care home as there are in the NHS, there is actually an increased chance of such adverse publicity emerging from a care home setting. Continue reading

Dying isn’t Working

Following Kate Granger’s blog entry on her personal response to the withdrawal of the Liverpool Care Pathway, we present a blog from Jason Suckley, director of Policy and Campaigns at Sue Ryder, explains what healthcare professionals could do to improve end of life careTrees-nurse-man-wheelchair

In a civilised society and 65 years since the establishment of the NHS, it’s totally unacceptable that individuals and their families remain unsupported at the one of the most life-changing and emotionally challenging times.  Your diagnosis, where you live, or who your doctor is shouldn’t pre-determine whether or not you have a good death – we want to change that.

To work towards addressing the problem, in June, we launched our campaign, “Dying isn’t Working”.  The campaign is based on our own experience as a service provider of end of life care and evidence from two reports we’ve produced with think-tank Demos – Ways and Means (published on 19 June), looking at barriers to accessing end of life care, and A time and a place (published on 9 July), exploring what people want at end of life.  Insights from the reports highlight a number of ways in which healthcare professionals can improve end of life care for all. Continue reading