SCIE media statement

End of Life Care

Information for staff who support people at the end of their lives

30 November 2011

There’s new help today for staff who want to provide support to people at the end of their lives. A new website hub, launched today, provides information and ideas for social care professionals who work with people at the end of their lives, and their families. It will also be of interest to medical colleagues who work with them.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) says it’s important that everyone involved has access to high quality resources and information, so they can give the best care possible.

The end of life hub is launched on the same day that quality standards are published on end of life care by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). As part of SCIE’s support to this project, we have worked with NICE to ensure that any quality statements that refer to the social care sector are relevant and evidence-based. We encourage social care commissioners and providers to use them to improve the quality of their services and support their colleagues in the NHS.

The web pages look at five practical resources that have “end of life” sections:

SCIE’s Director of Adult Services, David Walden, says:

This new web-based hub brings together, in one place, a raft of related materials. They will be useful for staff and managers in a variety of sectors, from social care to health to housing. All of those professionals can work with people who are nearing the end of life, and their families, to provide personalised care. It’s also important that practice is developed, based on the evidence available about what good end of life care constitutes. We want good quality end of life care to be commonplace.

See SCIE’s Practice Development Manager, Pamela Holmes, talk about this on a opinion and a video opinion (vlog). In the vlog a good practice example is discussed.

Case study – end of life care and dementia

This Social Care TV film shows how a person with dementia can be supported to “die well”. It is crucial to recognise when a person with dementia enters the final weeks and days of their life. It’s then important to respond with support that avoids unnecessary interventions and reflects the wishes of the individual and their family. All care staff supporting people with dementia will find this film useful; staff in palliative care services; social workers; GPs and other health professionals; people with dementia and carers; commissioners and regulators.

Policy context

In 2008 the Government published the End of life care strategy – promoting high quality care for all adults at the end of life which is the first for the UK and covers adults in England. It aims to provide people approaching the end of life with more choice about where they would like to live and die. It encompasses all adults with advanced, progressive illness and care given in all settings. The latest information from the Department of Health on end of life care can be found here.


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