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Palliative and End of Life Care Strategy

Meeting: 27/09/2023 - Adult Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 6)

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The Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care System is developing a joint all age strategy for Palliative and End of Life Care, on which the Committee’s feedback is sought.


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The Committee received a report and presentation on the draft Coventry and Warwickshire Palliative and End of Life Care (PEoLC) Strategy, on which the Committee’s feedback and support was sought. The item was introduced by Jamie Soden, Deputy Chief Nurse with a presentation from Kathryn Drysdale. They were supported by Kate Hoddell of the ICB and Katie Herbert (WCC and SWFT).


The presentation by Kathryn Drysdale covered the following areas:


  • What is Palliative and End of Life Care?This was an all-age strategy for Coventry and Warwickshire.
  • There had been extensive collaboration across the local NHS system and with relevant partners in all sectors, to understand current challenges and work together to make improvements.
  • An outline of the approach undertaken through an overarching partnership board, with four place-based groups feeding in local information.
  • The aim and vision of the strategy, to provide a delivery plan and to raise the profile of this service area.
  • The Strategy would cover a five-year period commencing in January 2024. Detail was provided on the communication plan, the two-year delivery plan, equalities aspects and areas of focus based on need. This included a focus on underserved communities, building relationships with communities and co-production. 
  • Our Priorities: What we want to do.
    • Providing information - a focus on identification, early intervention and support.
    • Access to timely PEoLC and support throughout for all diverse communities.
    • Support for people diagnosed with life limiting conditions and those who matter to them.
    • Improve the quality of personalised care and support planning, through education and training for all.
    • Deliver a sustainable system of integrated care.
  • The National Framework and the six ambitions for PEoLC. These were: being seen as an individual, getting fair access to care, maximising comfort and wellbeing, coordinated care, all staff being prepared to care and community support.
  • How the strategy was developed. A slide showing the co-production, the engagement with stakeholders, along with meetings, surveys, and group discussions. Data was provided on the engagement undertaken, raising the profile and importance of EoLC.
  • Health Inequalities in Coventry and Warwickshire. Some communities had poorer access to information, services and planning for EoLC. Details were provided of the specific groups affected particularly young carers, veterans and South Asian women.  
  • Population Health Management. A need to understand the current system, the population, socio-economic and demographic factors both now and in the future. This would help to determine workforce requirements, given the known challenges currently.
  • How we will deliver improvement. A need for seamless care across settings, clear referral pathways, pro-active personalised care, collaboration and clear communication.
  • Programmes through which we will work. This included care collaboratives, a community integrator model, the Warwickshire Community Recovery Service and a review of the continuing health care fast track system.
  • Delivery Plan for the period January 2024 – December 2026. This included areas of focus for each of the five priority areas reported above.
  • Remaining timeline for the strategy.



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