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20:20 Vision - the shape of the future of palliative care

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


A 2030 Vision

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This briefing describes the themes, challenges and solutions identified by participants at a strategy workshop held by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and National Care Forum (NCF) in August 2011.


A Fresh Approach

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Chronic respiratory diseases (CRD) account for a significant number of UK deaths and are set to become the fourth leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. This publication considers some of the implications for palliative and end of life care services drawing from a wide range of innovative practice examples and recent policy. It includes a representation of the End of Life Care Pathway mapping out some of the priorities for working with people CRD which will be of use to both service providers


Are you there?

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Specialist palliative care (‘SPC’) inpatient beds are a crucial part of the palliative and end of life care economy. This discussion document considers the importance of ensuring productive, flexible and timely admission and discharge policies to and from SPC beds.


Artificial Nutrition & Hydration

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This joint publication from NCPC and The Association of Palliative Medicine anticipates the Mental Capacity Act (2005) which is legally binding during 2007. It is a practical aid for all those who administer artificial hydration explaining the terminology rights and ethical framework; it also includes five case studies and various methods of dealing with ANH from notifying decision-makers to administering ANH in methods other than orally.


Artificial Nutrition and Hydration - Summary Guidance

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A concise summary of the main points of NCPC's Artificial Nutrition and Hydration publication. This summary guidance is intended to be used across all care settings by all care providers as a practical hands-on aid.


Benchmarking Analysis

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Benchmarking Analysis: Needs, Resourcing, Outputs & Outcomes of Palliative and End of Life Care builds on our data analysis and assessment work. It is a preliminary analysis benchmarking of the financial resources available from both the NHS and voluntary sector sources against differential population need. Benchmarking of available resources against the indices of need can contribute to judgements about how well the availability of financial resources matches differential population need. It includes sections on institutional care (i.e. in hospices hospitals and specialist palliative care services in care homes). Headline data is presented at SHA level.


Briefing 16: Supporting the End of Life Care Strategy

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Briefing 16: Supporting the End of Life Care StrategyThis Briefing sets out how NCPC working with its partners across the voluntary statutory and independent sectors intends to play its part in helping to turn the vision set out in the strategy into reality.


Briefing 17: End of Life treatment - decisions and attitudes of doctors

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Briefing 17 reports on the initial findings from a survey of doctors which was commissioned by a collaborative of national charities with an interest in end of life care, and brought together by NCPC. The survey asked doctors about decisions they had made about the provision of, withdrawing or withholding of treatment at the end of life. It also contained questions about doctors attitudes to the legalisation of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.


Briefing 18: Following the Money

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Briefing 18 reports the findings of NCPC's survey of SHAs, PCT commissioners and palliative care providers to find out whether commissioners and providers could account for the additional funds allocated for palliative care, and whether they were reaching frontline services.



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