Taskforce to drive improvements to care for patients at the end of life

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Mayur Lakhani image slide EoL A local Taskforce has been set up to focus on improvements to the care of people who are at the end of their life. 

Leading health professionals in palliative care and representatives from Marie Curie and local hospice LOROS are part of the Taskforce, chaired by Professor Mayur Lakhani, a GP and Chair of West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

End of life care has been a high priority for health bosses in our region for a number of years. The new Taskforce is the latest initiative in a wider quality improvement programme bringing together NHS and voluntary sector organisations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) to deliver a high quality, patient-led system of care for people at the end of their life.

The announcement has been made as part of national Dying Matters Week running 13 to 19 May 2019.

Professor Lakhani said: “I have always had a strong personal and professional interest in how we care for people approaching the end of life, including having early conversations and planning ahead. The NHS strives to provide the highest standards of care throughout a person’s life and this commitment continues right up to when a person passes away.

"I am personally very pleased that we have set up the Taskforce and to be working alongside colleagues from University Hospitals Leicester and Leicestershire Partnership Trust, and of course Marie Cure and LOROS, who will bring their first-hand experience and shared commitment to improving end of life care both for the patient, and of course relatives who go through the difficult time of seeing someone they love dying.”

The Taskforce will look at a number of areas including: 

  • end of life care planning which ensures a patient’s wishes and preferences are fully taken into account by people providing care for them at the end of their life
  • the adoption of standards to guide primary care teams caring for patients living with an advanced, serious illness or at the end of their lives, and their loved ones.

Professor Lakhani continues: “End of life care aims to use a whole person approach to help people to live well until they die and to die with dignity.  This will be at the heart of our approach to caring for terminally ill people”. 

Jacqueline Jacobs from Marie Curie said: “We are delighted to be part of the Taskforce and have the opportunity to help the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland improve care at the end of life”.

Louise Lowman from LOROS said: “It’s fantastic to see organisations working together to give patients the best compassionate care and support at the end of their life - care that is special and unique to each individual”. 

Dying Matters is a coalition of individual and organisational members across England and Wales, which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. This year the theme is Are We Ready?

Watch our Dying Matters Week video

  • Find out more on the Dying Matters website
  • Further information on end of life care, including what is involved and how to plan ahead, can be found on the NHS website.