Liverpool Care Pathway - Update

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

As many of you know The Liverpool Care Pathway - a model of care which was meant to extend hospice-type care to hospitals - is being "phased out" in the UK after the results of a government-commissioned review, "More Care Less Pathway".  

After this decision was made, a Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying (LACDP), was formed under the chairmanship of Dr. Bee Wee, the National Clinical Director of End of Life Care at NHS England.  They were tasked with the following:

  • support everyone involved in the care of people who are dying to respond to the findings of the review;
  • be the focal point for the system’s response to the findings and recommendations of the LCP review;
  • provide guidance on what needs to occur in place of the LCP;
  • consider how best health and social sector can address the recommendations in the review about the accountability and responsibility of individual clinicians, out of hours decisions, nutrition and hydration and communication with the patient and their relatives or carers: and
  • map existing guidance, training and development, as a prelude to considering how these impact on the care of dying people and the circumstantial factors that might affect the adoption of good practice

The alliance is working on a system-wide written response to the Neuberger review “More Care Less Pathway” –and is currently seeking feedback from patients, families, carers, and professionals in the UK on their drafted set of proposals – for more information on these proposals please follow this LINK.

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