Dying Well Charter

 Pets1A Dying Well Charter is to be launched in Dorset in March; one of eight Pathfinder Communities projects pioneering a new public health approach to end of life care in England.

The Pathfinder partnership is an alliance of Dorset Compassionate Community and the Conscious Ageing Trust. The launch aims to bring together end of life organisations from the business, health and voluntary sectors to network and commit to delivering the Charter. The event will also introduce Diealog Dorset to the world – a collaboration among a broad range of organisations to support communities to develop their own approaches to dying well, death, caring and loss.

Dying Well… wherever you are

“The event is a rallying call to improve our health experience and well-being at end of life,” says Dr Max Mackay-James of Diealog Dorset. “We see a future where good care of the dying is not just in hospices but the best care is available to everybody; we see a future where we all – old and young alike – can participate in improving the experience and practice of all our ageing, dying, caring and loss on a longer time view.”

Pathfinders support Dying Well

The National Council for Palliative Care and Public Health England set up the Pathfinder Communities funding scheme to attract fresh ideas. 23 organisations submitted ideas and 8 were chosen. They represent local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards, NHS and voluntary sector providers of health and social care.

The other seven Pathfinder communities are:

  • St John’s Hospice, Lancaster District
  • The End of Life Partnership, Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Chester Local Authority Areas
  • Weston Hospicecare, North Somerset
  • Hackney Health and Wellbeing Board, Hackney
  • Dove House Hospice, Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Birmingham Cross City (BCC) and Birmingham South Central (BSC) Clinical Commissioning Groups, Birmingham
  • Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and Liverpool City Council, Liverpool

Pathfinders will be implementing the new Dying Well Community Charter and will receive support and resources from the NCPC and PHE to help their local community to work together to improve their response to people who are dying and those who have been bereaved. To help support local good practice, many of the Pathfinders will also support a “buddy” from another area.

The new Charter has been updated from “What makes a good death? A North East Charter” – produced by the NHS North East Strategic Health Authority in 2010.

The Dying Well Community Charter was released in conjunction with the “Public Health Approaches End of Life Care Toolkit”, produced by Professor Allan Kellehear and Dr Aliki Karapliagkou at Middlesex University, London.

The National Council for Palliative Care is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also leads the Dying Matters Coalition which aims to help transform public attitudes towards dying, death and bereavement in England and Wales.


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