Three new reports on partnership working between faith and local government.

Overhaul of End of Life Care system

The Government is to replace the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) and will ask senior clinicians to sign off all end of life care plans, as part of its response to the findings of an Independent Review, Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb announced today.

The Review, headed by Baroness Julia Neuberger, was established by Norman Lamb after concerns were raised by patients, families, carers and a number of clinicians that the system for providing care in the last days and hours of people’s lives was flawed.

In its report published today, the Review found that in the right hands and when operated by well-trained, well-resourced and sensitive clinical teams the LCP does help patients have a dignified and pain-free death. But its findings included too many cases of poor practice, poor quality care of the individual, with families and carers not being properly engaged in the patient’s care. Because of these failings in its use, the Review has recommended it should be phased out.

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/overhaul-of-end-of-life-care-system