Improving end of life and palliative care in South Worcestershire

ContactSouth Worcestershire CCG
Telephone01905 681999
Emailswccg@worcestershire.nhs.uk
Websitehttp://www.southworcsccg.nhs.uk
AddressThe Coach House, John Comyn Drive, Perdiswell, Worcester, WR3 7NS

Improving end of life and palliative care in South WorcestershireSouth Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group have been delivering a clinically led, whole systems approach to redesigning  and improving the quality of services for patients at the end of life.

The clinical champion, Dr Blaine  and the programme lead from the CCG have been working in collaboration with the other 2 CCGs in Worcestershire and providers across the whole end of life pathway to:

  • Enable staff from all sectors to engage in end of life care and empower them to enable patients and their families to make informed choice, plan for the future and access excellent care at the end of life.
  • Enable people regardless of their diagnosis to live well until the end of life.
  • Increase the proportion of people who are enabled to die at home. The proportion of patients who die in the Acute hospital have been reduced from 45% to 38% as a  result of this work.
  • Saved £500,000 in acute care costs year on year for the past 3 years  that have been redirected to improve care for patients in the community.  

The commissioning team engage with stakeholders from Health, Adult Social Care, patients & carers groups and the voluntary sector to make this happen.

The project has recently been shortlisted for a HSJ efficiency award for community care.