Baroness Julia Neuberger’s report presents the recommendations regarding the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) and end of life care. Patients should only be placed on the LCP, or a similar approach, by a senior clinician in consultation with the healthcare team. Decisions to withdraw, or not to start, life-prolonging treatments must not be taken during “out of hours” periods.
Other recommendations include phasing-out the LCP and replacing it with individualised end of life care plans. There is to be a new system-wide approach to improving the quality of care for the dying. The Nursing and Midwifery Council is required to issue guidance on end of life care. Incentive payments encouraging use of the LCP and similar approaches are to be discontinued.
More care, less pathway: a review of the Liverpool Care Pathway. London: Department of Health, July 15th 2013.
Rapid evidence review: pathways focused on the dying phase in end of life care and their key components. London: Department of Health, July 15th 2013. Note: This first appeared as: Parry, R. Seymour, J. [and] Whittaker, B. [et al] (2013). Evidence briefing pathways for the dying phase in end of life care. March 15th 2013.
Snapshot Review of Complaints in End of Life Care. Key findings. London: Department of Health, July 15th 2013.
Liverpool Care Pathway review panel press release. London: Department of Health, July 15th 2013.
Letter from Norman Lamb to NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts
Letter from Norman Lamb MP to NHS trust chairs and chief executives on the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway. London: Department of Health, July 16th 2013.
[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 8, July 2013].