2013 is a crucial year for end of life care. It marks the halfway point of the 10-year
End of Life Care Strategy. The government has said that it will hold a review into the
feasibility of a “national choice offer” to enable people to die at home. Dr Bee Wee,
the new National Clinical Director for End of Life Care at NHS England, is holding a
consultation on how the strategy can be refreshed, following on from reports on the
Liverpool Care Pathway and Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and the failures in
care that occurred. It is vital that we continue working to ensure that end of life care
is a core priority in the reformed health and care world.
NCPC is therefore holding this national conference to debate what we need to do next
to improve end of life care. We are bringing together key partners and organisations
to consider the future and help influence the direction of the next five years for end
of life care to ensure that everyone approaching the end of life has access to good
quality care with their needs and wishes being met. This will make a significant
contribution to the “refresh process” and enable participants to contribute to the
debate and inform their own strategic planning.