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GPs are in an opportune position to make a real difference to a person's last 12 months of life. The care received during this time can have a significant impact on their wellbeing and a long-lasting effect on their loved ones.
The National End of Life Care Programme and Dying Matters urge GPs to identify those patients who may be in their last year of life and talk to them about their preferences. By doing so, people are more likely to get high quality end of life care, have fewer emergency admissions to hospital and have a good death in the place of their choosing.
This A6 pack has been developed to be a practical tool to help GPs do exactly that. As well as links to useful sources of information, the pack contains postcards with support and advice on:
Identifying people at the end of life
Having end of life care conversations
Putting plans in place
Managing and co-ordinating care
Space to include local information such as the telephone numbers of hospices, palliative care teams and pharmacies which stock palliative care drugs.
Publication by the National End of Life Programme which became part of NHS Improving Quality in May 2013