The London End of Life Care (EOLC) Clinical Network has initiated a project to facilitate the adoption of standard forms across care settings in the city. Facilitating the smooth transfer of patients between services, supporting patients, their carers and service providers in the process.
50,000 patients in London experience EOLC each year and currently a variety of processes and forms are used to communicate important decisions relating to their care. These forms are not used universally, and only some are valid when moving patients across care settings.
The development of a set of documents and associated processes to facilitate transfer of care, including records of discussions and decisions taken in relation to EOLC, will ensure the provision of high quality, compassionate, integrated end of life care:
- Empowering patients to be involved in decision making around their care
- Strengthening communication between care providers
- Reducing unnecessary duplication and the number of times a patient or their carer is asked the same questions.
- Reducing unscheduled hospital attendances
The EOLC working group is made up of representatives from:
- Coordinate My Care
- Critical/intensive care
- London Ambulance Service
- Palliative care in acute trusts, community settings, the private sector and hospices
- Patients/members of the public
- Social services
- Urgent and emergency care