Palliative Care (End-of-Life Care)

14 April 2020: Covid-19 update

The London End of Life Care (EOLC) Clinical Network (NHS E&I) has published a Covid-19 London Primary Care Support Document (latest version v3/13 May 2020). This comprehensive document includes guidance around the entire EOLC pathway including symptom control, compassionate conversations and care after death among other areas.

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End-of-life care (EoLC) helps all those with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as is possible until they die. It enables the 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 ELiPSe is provided by a specialist palliative care team, working alongside 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. 

Coordinate My Care 

Via Coordinate My Care (CMC), those with chronic healthcare conditions/life-limiting illnesses can create a personalised care plan expressing 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 North Central London (NCL) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (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.