NICE has published its guide for commissioners of end-of-life care services, the latest in its series of good practice guides to support commissioners in designing high quality, evidence-based services to improve outcomes for patients and to help the NHS make better use of resources.
The guide includes an end of life care commissioning and benchmarking tool to help users determine the level of service that might be needed locally and to help cost and identify potential savings associated with commissioning end of life care services.
This commissioning guide should be read together with the following NICE guidance, quality standard and national guidance:
- NICE quality standard (2011) End of life care in adults.
- Department of Health (2009) End of life care strategy: quality markers and measures for end of life care.
- Department of Health (2008) End of life care strategy – promoting high quality care for all adults at the end of life.
- NICE cancer service guidance (2004) Improving supportive and palliative care for adults with cancer.