Public health approaches to end of life care are increasingly seen as an important aspect influencing how communities care for people affected by death, dying and loss. The Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2015– 2020 sets out six ambitions for how care for those nearing death should be delivered. Ambition 6 ‘Communities Are Prepared to Help’, endorses public health approaches to end of life care.
The recent publication of Each Community is Prepared to Help: Community development in end of life care – guidance on ambition six provides advice and practical suggestions for organisations that are keen to stimulate and extend partnerships with communities.We are delighted that the work of the End of Life Partnership is featured on pages 36 and 37 of the report. Rachel Zammit, Head of Public Health and Wellbeing for the Partnership says:
“The Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Partnership recognises that living well, aging well, grieving well and dying well is a public heath as well as a health and social care issue that can be best addressed by working together. Everyone and anyone can get involved to support their family, friends, work colleagues and the wider community.”