Transforming care at the end-of-life
Dying well matters
In the UK, more than £4.5 billion a year is spent caring for those at the end-of-life. There is still however significant variation in the standards of care and with an ageing population, and over stretched health and social care service, immediate action is essential to achieve good quality end-of-life care for all.
Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions’ new report discusses the need to provide more effective and compassionate care at the end-of-life. It covers: the current state of end-of-life care, the challenges that need to be addressed and the potential solutions for transforming end-of-life care for all.
Examples of good practice, which have led to improved care in some parts of the country, include:
- improving understanding of the needs and wishes of people at end-of-life
- education and training in care of the dying, including skills in communicating with and supporting families, carers and their advocates
- access to advice and support from specialist palliative care service, including making effective use of technology such as telehealth
- new incentives that encourage closer partnerships between care providers, including alternative funding models
- end-of-life care audits, incorporating the views of bereaved relatives.