National Survey of Patient Activity Data for Specialist Palliative Care Services

NCPC MDS cover 2012-13

MDS full report for the year 2012-13

Published: 3 June 2014

This report is an update to the annual national survey of patient activity data for specialist palliative care services, minimum data set (MDS). It looks at a wide range of specialist palliative care issues, including inpatient activity, day care, community care, hospital support, bereavement support, outpatients, staffing, diagnoses and services for young people.

The MDS was developed in 1995. The aim of the MDS is to provide good quality, comprehensive data about hospice and specialist palliative care services on a continuing basis. They are used to inform:

  • service management
  • service monitoring and audit
  • development of local palliative care and end of life care strategy planning
  • commissioning of services
  • development of national policy

This year’s report shows that specialist palliative care services in the community are continuing to lead to more people being able to die at home. It also shows that nearly half of the people referred to a specialist palliative care inpatient service are discharged, dispelling the myth that people only go into a hospice to die.  

To download the report, National Survey of Patient Activity Data for Specialist Palliative Care Services

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