Central and Eastern Cheshire Response

East Cheshire Hospice believes in providing person centred care, supporting the local delivery of quality end of life care for patients and their families. 

“We believe that the new end of life plan will ensure that our patients and their families and carers, have the support and guidance that they want as health professionals, patients and families work together to ensure the highest standards of care and compassion.”  

Mike Pyrah, Director – East Cheshire Hospice

“We hope that the new care plan goes some way to assuring local people of our commitment to the delivery of quality care at the end of life. But our work will not stop here; as a partnership we have committed to the continual delivery of robust education and training to ensure effective implementation and integration of the core principles of end of life care into everyday practice. We are also keen to review the care plan on an annual basis and would therefore welcome any feedback from individuals who have direct experience of the care plan either professionally or personally” 

Annamarie Challinor - Head of Service Development, End of Life Partnership

July 1st 2014 saw the launch of the newly developed ‘Care Plan for End of Life’ across the South, East and Vale Royal areas of Cheshire. This follows an extensive period of engagement and consultation led by the End of Life Partnership and in collaboration with local people, health care professionals, commissioners, and with a number of local care providers.

The release of the new care plan coincided with the publication of a document entitled ‘One chance to get it right’ which was released by the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People. This publication sets out five principles for care of the dying which are fundamental to the delivery of high quality end of life care. The new care plan is underpinned by these same principles and therefore places particular emphasis upon the need for compassionate and honest communication with patients’ and their family members, while highlighting the need for individual patient preferences and choice to be at the centre of clinical decision making.

The plan has been specifically developed to support the delivery of personalised care during the last days and hours of life, whilst ensuring that all aspects of care such as symptom control and hydration are carefully considered and appropriate to the needs of the individual. Furthermore, as the care plan supports a personalised approach to care of the dying it has been designed for use in and across all care settings.

To support the launch of the care plan, The End of Life Partnership have developed a comprehensive training package which is being delivered across local hospitals, care homes, hospices and to those caring for people within their own homes. This training will play a pivotal role in helping staff to acquire the skills and confidence needed to deliver compassionate care for people at one of the most vulnerable times of their lives.

This local work has received national approval and commendation by the National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, in recognition of the whole systems approach that has been taken. It is hoped that this inclusivity will help to ensure a consistent approach to the care of the dying, which is informed using the same key principles, and regardless of the place of care, or of the health condition of the dying individual.