The third annual report for “The end of life care strategy” has been released. The latest update on progress in the delivery of this strategy touches on various aspects of care for people with dementia.
This year the National End of Life Care Programme (NEoLCP) has produced (among many other resources) the “Care towards the end of life for people with dementia: an online resource guide” and – with the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) – “Difficult conversations: making it easier to talk to people with dementia in end of life care”.
“Care towards the end of life for people with dementia: an online resource guide” links to useful resources and case studies. It indicates the importance of partnership working between dementia professionals and their colleagues in palliative or end of life care. The guide links the needs of people with dementia to the six-step end of life care pathway.
The NEoLCP programme has also submitted inputs to NICE commissioning groups which work on dementia.
This third annual report mentions a project called “Working Together to Deliver Better End of Life Care for People with Dementia and their Carers in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire”, which has improved joined-up working between organisations within that area and promoted awareness about local support systems available for patients and carers.
Another one of the (nine) reports produced during the last year is “Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and senility in England” drawing on data from the Office of National Statistics.
End of Life Care Strategy: Third Annual Report. London: Department of Health, September 26th 2011. (Gateway Reference 16621).