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Developing an Asset Based Approach

5 July 2017

Health Education England (HEE) has been working with the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) to create a practical guide to help organisation extend the asset based approach already used in end of life care into a learning and development model.

An asset based approach involves a community coming together mapping their assets and capacity, building relationships, developing a common vision for the future and leveraging internal and external resources to support actions to achieve it. It will help to improve capacity, reliance and sustainability, as well as reduce the need to buy in solutions from outside of the community. 

‘Developing an Asset Based Approach Within a Learning Community – Using End of Life Care as an Example’ provides detail on what an asset based approach can look like and what factors need to be in place, incorporating lessons learnt and tips from those who have already explored the approach.

Download the report Developing an Asset Based Approach.


15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC)

12 June 2017

Professor Julia Verne attended the EAPC conference in Madrid in May. She gave an oral presentation — ‘The Effect of Planned Care on End-of-Life Outcomes and Costs in Liver Disease Patients with Diuretic Resistant Ascites. A Retrospective Cohort Study of Deaths in England’. The NEoLCIN also gave 6 poster presentations:

  • Care homes and end of life care in England
  • Atlas of Variation in End of Life Care for England—largest of its kind in the world
  • Variation in place of death for leading causes of death, England (2015)
  • Variation in number and lengths of hospital admissions in the last 90 days of life by local health administration geographies across England
  • Palliative care for people with intellectual disabilities in England: How much happens, how much is needed?
  • Delivering supportive and palliative care in advanced liver disease across the UK. A mixed methods study of Hepatologists’ perceptions, current service provision and future challenge

 These can all be downloaded from this website. Our poster ‘Care homes and end of life care in England’ won a Rosset for Best in Class.


Significant Reduction in Deaths in Hospital Over a Decade in an Increasingly Elderly Population Dying From Pelvic Cancer in England: A Population Based Study

12 June 2017

The NEoLCIN team alongside Gloucestershire Hospitals have published a paper looking at pelvic cancer and end of life care.


NCPC publish new information for commissioners

12 June 2017

NCPC have published ‘Best Practice in care coordination for palliative and end of life care services: information for commissioners’. This is an information resource to support commissioners in designing and contracting optimal care coordination system for their local areas.


Cancer Registration Statistics, England: First Release 2015

22 May 2017

PHE and the Office for National Statistics have published cancer diagnoses and age-standardised incidence rates for England, for all cancer sites by age and sex. The results show that cancer incidence is increasing on the whole, with breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancer being the most common types.


Hospice UK and NCPC publish ‘No painful compromise’

22 May 2017

A new report has been published ‘No painful compromise: A guide for commissioners and providers to improve pain management for dying people at home’.


Shining a spotlight on inequality—Nicola Spencer and Professor Bee Wee

February 2017

In February, NHS England’s End of Life Care team hosted a webinar on the topic of Health Inequalities in Palliative and End of Life Care. Unsurprisingly, given the high levels of interest in this topic, the webinar was heavily oversubscribed.

Nicola Spencer, Programme Support Manager for End of Life Care and Professor Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for End of Life Care have co-written a follow-up blog on the subject of health inequalities in palliative and end of life care, which also contains a link to the webinar recording. For more information, please contact england.endoflifecare@nhs.net


Cancer Registration Statistics, England: First Release 2015

February 2017

PHE and the Office for National Statistics have published cancer diagnoses and age-standardised incidence rates for England, for all cancer sites by age and sex. The results show that cancer incidence is increasing on the whole, with breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancer being the most common types.


Joint statement on the minimum data set for specialist palliative care services

16 February 2017

Public Health England (PHE), the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and Hospice UK regret to announce that the National Minimum Data Set collection for Specialist Palliative Care Services (MDS) will no longer be collected with effect from 31 March 2017. The reasons are partly financial, but perhaps more importantly, in order to remain relevant, the MDS would need extensive review and change. As it currently stands, it is not giving us the information we need at the right level. We know that this may come as disappointing news to many people working or interested in specialist palliative care. The purpose of this joint statement is to explain these reasons in more detail and what follows from it.  


Cost-effective commissioning of end of life care

9 February 2017

The National End of Life Care Intelligence Network and Health Economics team in PHE have published a number of products to support commissioning decisions for end of life care services.  These include:

A report ‘Understanding the health economics of palliative and end of life care’. The first half of the report presents the findings of a review of the available literature on the costs and effectiveness of different initiatives and schemes designed to improve patients and carers experiences at the end of the patient’s lives. The second half of this report describes the new end of life care economic tool and the methodology underpinning this tool.

An end of life care analytical tool. This interactive tool is made up of two components. The first provides a summary of the costs, impacts and wider issues associated with different interventions and services for providing care and support for patients at the end of their lives. The second component enables the user to explore the potential trade-offs associated with shifting resources and activity away from secondary care into primary, community and social care settings.

The end of life care analytical tool user guide. This document provides a step-by-step guide to the end of life care economic tool.

These products will be of great importance for decision-makers. They will help them when they are considering the potential improvement, or indeed the potential decline, in the quality and safety of care, and patient experience, in conjunction with the net financial implication, when considering the implementation of interventions. Moreover, they will assist stakeholders when looking at current capacity of care provision and whether it can adequately cope with a potential influx of primary, community and social care activities for end of life care.

Download the report, analytical tool and user guide.

 

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