End-of-life care (EoLC) is care that helps all those with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as is possible until they die. It enables the supportive and palliative care needs of both patient and family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement. It includes management of pain and other symptoms, and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support.
Palliative care as defined by the World Health Organization is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
Islington ELiPSe Service
Islington's End of Life and Palliative Care Service is provided by a specialist palliative care team. The team works alongside regular doctors, nurses and other support services to provide palliative and end-of-life care to patients at home. As well as seeing patients directly, the team acts as a specialist resource, providing telephone advice, and offering education and training. Read more about the ELiPSe service.
Coordinate My Care
Via Coordinate My Care (CMC), those with chronic healthcare conditions and/or life-limiting illnesses can create a personalised care plan in which they can express their wishes on how and where they are treated and cared for. This can be shared electronically with urgent care providers, especially in an emergency.
NCL STP Priority
End-of-life care is a NCL STP Priority and is outlined within the Last Phase of Life Project. More information on this work can be found on the North London Partners website or in the NCL STP Strategic Narrative.