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Palliative and End of Life Care

End of life care is support for people who are in the last months, weeks or days of their lives. 

Care at the end of life is given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a life-limiting condition.  Palliative care is the treatment, care and support of a person from when they are first diagnosed with a life-limiting condition.

Care at the end of life is part of palliative care and is the treatment, care and support people receive as they're nearing the end of their life. 

The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of the life-limiting condition and/or the treatment of the life-limiting condition.  

Different health and social care professionals are involved in palliative and end of life care. Understanding how these professionals can help you and knowing what is available in your area, can help you access the best care for you or your loved one. 

Care at the end of life should be person-centred. This means identifying and meeting a person’s individual physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Most people will have a range of needs and it might take different members of a multidisciplinary team to manage them all.  

This is why someone who is living with a terminal illness will have different health and social care professionals, volunteers, as well as friends and family members, all involved in their care. 

In Coventry and Warwickshire, our vision for care at the end of life is the delivery of compassionate services for all of our diverse communities, which supports patients and their loved ones to access care and support at the end of life in the setting of their choosing, in a planned and pro-actively supported way. 

This page has been co-designed to give the people of Coventry and Warwickshire, carers and families information and to provide health and social care professionals with helpful resources and guidance to support with the effective delivery of care for patients at the end of their lives. 

On 31st January 2024, the Palliative and End of Life Care Strategy for Coventry and Warwickshire was launched.

This strategy sets out the ambitions of Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated System to make sure everyone gets the care and support they need as they approach the end of their lives. In developing this strategy we have worked with organisations that provide palliative and end of life care, their staff, local voluntary organisations and other partners along with our patient and public communities. We will now work together as an integrated system to deliver on the 5 priorities identified within the strategy.

The 5 priorities for the next 5 years are: 

1) Provide information which focuses on identification, early intervention and support for people with palliative and end of life care needs.
2) Access to timely palliative and end of life care with support throughout, for all of our diverse communities.
3) Support people diagnosed with a life limiting condition and those who matter to them, carers and communities.
4) Improve the quality of personalised care and support planning for people with palliative care needs, including planning for the end of life, through education and training for all.
5) Deliver a sustainable system of integrated palliative and end of life care.

The Equality and Quality Impact Assessment (EQIA) has been developed alongside the Strategy.

The You Said, We Did document was created following the engagement process. 

For Health & Social Care Professionals information about Palliative and End of Life Care, please click below.