News Back to News

"NICE End of Life Care guideline a step forward in care for the dying - but more needs to be done,” Professor Ellershaw

NICE has today (16th December 2015) released new guidance for care of dying adults in the last days of life.

The guideline covers the clinical care of adults 18 years and over who are dying during the last 2 to 3 days of life aiming to improve care, communication, comfort and dignity.

Commenting on the guideline, Professor John Ellershaw, Director of the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool, University of Liverpool, said:                                                                                                              
"Every person has the right to a pain-free, dignified death supported by the very best individualised end of life care and we only have one chance to get this right for each individual.

"Whilst end of life care in the UK is world leading and the NICE guidelines are very welcome, there is still a long way to go in getting care right for every individual person and there continues to be unacceptable variation in patients'  and families' experiences and in the quality of care across the country. There is no room for complacency and we must continue to work to ensure end of life care is a top priority for healthcare policy makers and all healthcare organisations and that investment, research, training and support for health care staff and robust implementation of best practice is prioritised."

"Here at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool, University of Liverpool, we are the only Institute in the world with a focus on care for the dying and are conducting a range of important research projects to drive forward this neglected area of medicine. This includes research in key areas including the biology of dying, recognising dying and hydration in palliative care, alongside a portfolio of education and training to improve care for the dying on a global basis."

The guideline can be viewed by clicking here.