Working Together for Quality End of Life Care
In recent years, the desire for quality end of life care on which recipients, their families and carers can rely has been growing. Organisations throughout Wirral have recognised this need, and have been working together to ensure that standards are at a high level, and also that everyone knows these standards are there.
This year’s theme for Dying Matters week (8th -14th May) is ‘Working Together’, and Wirral Hospice St John’s, Wirral University Teaching Hospital, Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group and Wirral Borough Council are presenting the third year of Wirral End of Life Care Charter initiative.
This 12 point Charter, in which ‘Wirral Health and Social Care providers promise Care, Kindness and Understanding for people at the end of life’, is an indicator to help patients and their families understand the end of life care that is available, and that it is of the highest quality available.
It seeks to show that help is available for people with life-limiting conditions to have the best quality of life possible, for as long as possible, and that their wishes lie at the heart of their end of life care.
Health and social are providers on Wirral have united, not only in creating the Charter and pledging to deliver its promises, but also to spread the word, so everyone at the end of life understand that they can receive practical, emotional and spiritual support for however long they need it.
Julie Gorry, chief executive of Wirral Hospice, said ‘Quality end of life care is important not just for the recipients, but also for their families, friends and carers. Over and over again we see that confidence in the quality of care can ease worry, and improve quality of life even in these very difficult circumstances.
‘We want everyone to know that here, on Wirral, the service providers are all working together so our residents get the service they deserve.’18 May 2017