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Liverpool Care Pathway

In response to the Independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) ’More Care, Less Pathway’, the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People has been set up to provide guiding principles in caring for people who are dying.

The hospice movement in the UK is famous around the world for looking after dying people with dignity and skill. Since the late 1990s, the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) helped to spread elements of the hospice model of care into other healthcare settings, such as hospitals, care homes and people's own homes.

Over the last few years, the LCP has received a great deal of attention. This attention focused not on the principles of good quality care of the dying but on the way that the LCP had been used in locations other than hospices and the lack of training given to healthcare staff using it.

In July 2013 an Independent Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) published its report ’More Care, Less Pathway’ . This recognised that where the LCP was used properly, many people died peaceful and dignified deaths but that in some cases, the LCP was used incorrectly. The review panel made 44 recommendations which included phasing out use of the LCP in all care settings within 12 months.

The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP)

In response to the report’s 44 recommendations, the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) was set up to lead and provide a focus for improving the care of people who are dying and their families. The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) is a coalition of national organisations, including Public Health England, joined by charities with a strong interest in care for dying people. 

The LACDP has published an interim statement on it’s work. To read the full statement from the LACDP click here.

The statement shows the Alliance’s aspiration for consistent, high quality care for everyone in the last days and hours of life in England, irrespective of where they are being cared for.

The statement gives an update on the work that the Alliance is doing to develop outcomes and guiding principles for end of life care, including engagement with health and social care professionals and the public.

In future, they recommend that the focus of care for dying people, in whatever setting, should be ensuring the delivery of the fundamentals of good care. The outcomes and guidance will be published later this year. 

Willowbrook Hospice

Willowbrook Hospice supports the work of the LACDP and has contributed to it's work.

The staff at Willowbrook Hospice provide high quality care for patients in their last days and hours of life, tailored to their individual needs, preferences, wishes and goals which is delivered with compassion and care. This care is developed and delivered in consultation with patients wherever possible and /or their family. The staff receive ongoing training and development helping them to deliver the best care possible. 

If you have concerns about any aspect of your care or the care of a loved one, then please speak to one of the doctors.  



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