The LondonADASS EoLC network continues to collaborate with Macmillan, North London Hospice, St Joseph’s Hospice and Jewish Care in developing The Preparation Star. This tool will support professionals who are caring for people in the last year of life by illustrating individuals’ progress towards their goals on the points of a star. The Preparation Star is now being piloted at a number of sites and I will keep you updated as and when the findings are released. Visit The Outcomes Star website for more information.  

In Southwark and Lambeth valuable work is being undertaken to improve EoLC for residents through ‘Better Endings’, a year-long programme run by the Innovation Unit and funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. The first of four workshops was held on 27th April and brought together a diverse group of people from the two boroughs. Members from the voluntary sector, housing, community nursing and social care met to define a shared perspective and identify challenges and opportunities to improve local end of life care. The morning was very successful and ended with a superb lunch, but more importantly the formation of new connections and relationships across the boroughs. During the session we were asked to identify key themes, challenges and opportunities to improve end of life care and we were encouraged to be creative in our thinking. Innovation Unit will use this feedback to develop a range of services and interventions.  For more information on Better Endings, click here.

The EoLC national programme board met on 6th June 2017 and looked at end of life care for care home residents. Interesting statistics included:

  • 22% of deaths (101,203) occurred in a care home in 2014, up from 16% (76,997) in 2005
  • 34% of these deaths are temporary residents
  • Comparing the deaths of temporary to permanent residents reveals that temporary residents are:
    • more likely to have died from cancer
    • on average younger
    • more likely to be male.

For more statistics around EoLC check out the End of life Care Intelligence Network.                                                                                                                                     

In conclusion I want to mention the visit I undertook to Lady Sarah Cohen House (run by Jewish Care), which offers care for residents in a modern building set around a pretty inner courtyard.  Staff ensure that residents have an active daily programme and there are also regular services held in the on-site synagogue. Many thanks to the inspirational staff for the invitation (you can see them in the picture below). To get a better insight into the EoLC from a Jewish perspective click here.