‘Palliative care currency’ published for consultation

Categories: Community Engagement.

‘Developing a new approach to palliative care funding: A first draft for discussion’ has been made available online to allow the palliative care community to help shape its development.

Based on a two year data collection from 11 sites, covering both adults’ and children’s services, the currency for palliative care has been created to focus specifically on patient need.

As previously reported in ehospice, the aim of the work is to provide a transparent basis for palliative care commissioning.

The currency and guidance will continue to be developed until a final draft is published in February 2015. Subsequent testing will be carried out during 2015/16.

Have your say:

  • Clinicians, commissioners and providers are encouraged to send any comments or queries on the document by 22 November.
  • NHS England is also calling for individuals and organisations who are interested in testing the currency in 2015/16. 

If you are interested in being part of this testing or would like to send a response to the draft document, email NHS England.

Engagament events:

A series of engagement events to discuss the currency are taking place during late October and November. At each event there will be parallel sessions on children’s and adults’ services. They will take place in:

  • London on 29 October
  • Leeds on 5 November
  • Manchester on 6 November
  • Birmingham on 11 November
  • Bristol on 12 November


In addition to the workshops on the palliative care funding programme, NHS England is also setting up a webinar specifically designed for clinicians who may find it difficult to attend one of the events.

The hour-long, online tutorial will take place from 1-2pm on Friday 14 November.  It will be led by the National Clinical Director for Palliative Care, Dr Bee Wee.

If you would like to attend one of the engagement events or join the webinar, email england.pcf@nhs.net

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