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Commissioning End of Life Care: Act & Early

NCPC / National End of Life Care Programme
July 2011

Guidance for new healthcare commissioners to prioritise early action on end of life care to ensure people’s choices are met and to avoid unnecessary emergency hospital admissions.

Capacity, Care Planning And Advance Care Planning In Life Limiting Illness

June 2011

This document seeks to provide guidance about this area of practice for all health and social care staff who are responsible for the care of people affected by life limiting or life threatening illness. It has been written to complement the guidance aimed at doctors, which was published in 2010 by the GMC ‘Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making'.

A 2030 Vision

NCPC and National Care Forum
February 2012

The discussion document calls for urgent cross-sector and cross-party action to ensure a sustainable future for the growing numbers of people ageing, living and dying between now and 2030.

20:20 Vision - The Shape of the future of Palliative Care

This publication identifies the need to develop a long term vision for palliative care services over the next 20 years. The document reports on The National Council's progress to date and is set in the context of many of the developments occurring in palliative care today. This publication costs £10. 

End of life care Manifesto 2010

The way in which we care for people who are dying is a litmus test for our society. We call on all political parties to commit themselves to the continuous improvement of end of life care as a major national priority for the next parliament and beyond.

Advance Care Planning: A Guide for Health and Social Care Staff

NHS End of Life Care Programme publication supported by NCPC
February 2007

The aims of this publication are to clarify the definition of Advance Care Planning and related terms, to provide practical guidance on core competences, education and training of different professional groups and related ethical and legal implication and to suggest next steps.

Dying - Doing it Better

NCPC and Dying Matters
September 2011

Impact Report 2011

Dying Out of Hours Conference Report

NCPC / Macmillan Cancer Support

Dying Out of Hours: 24/7 Care at the End of Life conference report

Introductory Guide to End of Life Care in Care Homes

March 2006

Care home managers will be better able to provide the best levels of treatment and support for residents at the end of life thanks to the availability of a new guide which provides details about practical steps that can be taken to improve care. The NHS End of Life Care Programme, working in partnership with the NCPC, has produced a guide that will help care homes to care for residents' physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs to achieve the best quality of life for patients and their families, even when this is likely to be short. The Introductory guide to end of life care in care homes is aimed at care home managers and staff interested in improving care for residents in the final stages of life.

Planning for your future care

National End of Life Care Programme, Dying Matters, University Of Nottingham
September 2014

Updated 2014 Version.

This popular guide aims to explain advance care planning to the public. It outlines the different options available to people when planning for their end of life care.

Planning for your future care, which was originially published in 2009 with the National End of Life Care Programme, the Dying Matters coalition and the University of Nottingham, and revised in 2012. This new edition has been updated and revised for 2014, serves as an easy-to-read introduction to advance care planning, and is one of the most requested booklets at NCPC.
As you will know the National End of Life Care Programme was disbanded in 2013, so the ownership of Planning for your future care has transferred to NHS Improving Quality.