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Review into local palliative care services


Review into local palliative care services

Residents and organisations in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster are being asked for their views on how well palliative care services are working across the three boroughs.

NHS commissioners are launching an independent review of local services, which care for people with advanced progressive illnesses. These services include home support, day centre facilities and care provided at inpatient hospice units.

Penny Hansford, former Director of Nursing at St Christopher’s Hospice who has been appointed as the Independent Chair of the review, has said:

“I am launching a call for evidence so that I can hear from local people. I would particularly like to hear from people who have an experience of the current services about how well they are working. I will also be writing to local organisations calling for evidence about the barriers they face and any gaps in services.

I am passionate about palliative care being delivered in a way that empowers both patients and families; ensuring services deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Once we have heard from local people, I will consider what can be done to improve these services to make them as effective and efficient as possible. I will then report these recommendations to the three Clinical Commissioning Groups involved, where a decision will be made. It is not the plan to reduce access to our palliative care services.”

Feedback can be submitted by email or post, more details can be found at https://www.centrallondonccg.nhs.uk.

The deadline for feedback is the 13 February 2019.