CNK has responded to a key consultation on future goals for the care of dying people
CNK has maintained a keen interest in the issue of the Liverpool Care Pathway and what might succeed it, contributing to media reports, being represented at Ministerial round table talks and of course responding to the original Neuberger review. The Alliance has now submitted a response to the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP).
The creation of the LACDP under the chairmanship of Dr Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for End of Life Care at NHS England, was announced on 30 August 2013 with the aim of building upon Baroness Neuberger's report, published the previous month. This report, entitled 'More Care, Less Pathway', contained 44 recommendations and concluded that the LCP should be phased out 'over the next 6 to 12 months' and replaced by an individual end of life care plan, 'backed up by good practice guidance specific to disease groups'. The LACDP has been seeking 'engagement with patients, families, carers and professionals' on its vision for bringing the individual plans into reality, in a consultation process which ends this week. You can download the document here (and are advised to have this to hand when consulting our submission).
In our submission, we note that the LACDP's proposals are broadly in line with our submission to Lady Neuberger and that we are 'heartened by the renewed emphasis on communication, re-evaluation, mutual goal development, and a holistic understanding of the patient's needs', but offer commentary on issues of note, key examples of which include: