The HELIX Centre has released the app on the iTunes and Google Play app stores, following work with the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP).
LACDP was charged with writing the new end of life care guidelines following the phase out of the Liverpool Care Pathway this summer.
HELIX – Healthcare Innovation Exchange – is a design team embedded in St Mary’s hospital in London, set up by Royal College of Art and Imperial College to solve unsolved medical problems.
The HELIX Centre was commissioned to produce a range of graphic designs including posters, leaflets and booklets for the LACDP, which have been published on the NHS IQ website. The HELIX Centre then produced the apps, which are made available free of charge.
HELIX Clinical Lead, Dr Dominic King, NIHR Clinical Lecturer at the Department of Surgery & Cancer Imperial College London, said: “In keeping with an increasing number of clinical colleagues my smartphone is the primary route through which I access information and support to make the best decisions for my patients. The End of Life Guidance app is a great example of how apps can deliver up-to-date information when you most need it.”
HELIX Project Lead, Matthew Harrison, added: “So many doctors and nurses in the UK have smart phones that there is a huge opportunity for them to have this important healthcare guidance in their pocket 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Apps allow clinicians to access information in their downtime, perhaps on their commute to and from work.”