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Tackling inequalities in end of life care for specific minority groups

04 December 2017

Interested in work to improve end of life care for people experiencing homelessness, people who are LGBTQ or people from Gypsy and Traveller communities? Read on to find out how you can contribute to a new project which will share good practice and knowledge about what works.

In 2016 the Care Quality Commission published ‘A different ending: addressing inequalities in end of life care’. This in-depth review of end-of-life care in England heard from people who may be less likely to receive good care – whether because of diagnosis, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or social circumstances – and found that this may be because providers and commissioners do not always understand or fully consider their specific needs.

NHS England, the Department of Health and Public Health England are now funding a piece of work looking at supporting end of life care for groups that face some of the starkest health inequalities. This new project will identify and share good practice in end of life care for three specific groups: people in Gypsy and Traveller communities, people experiencing homelessness and people who are LGBTQ.

This project is being funded as part of the national Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance, which aims to bring the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector’s voice and expertise into national policy making. The project leads (Hospice UK, Marie Curie and Together for Short Lives) are partnering with other members of the Alliance to develop resources for each group:

•           Gypsy and Traveller communities (partner - Friends, Families and Travellers)

•           People experiencing homelessness (partner - Homeless Link)

•           People who are LGBTQ (partner - National LGB&T Partnership).

This project will help make the six point end of life care commitment a reality for people from these specific groups. The government made these six commitments to the public to end variation in end of life care across the health system by 2020.

Get in touch to find out more

We know there is some great work in progress; if you know of more good practice examples or want to find out more about the project, contact Melanie Hodson at Hospice UK.

Webinar: Reducing inequality in end of life care for people who are homeless

On Tuesday 12 December (from 1 – 2 pm - London, GMT), NHS England are hosting a webinar which will be looking at reducing inequality in end of life care for people who are homeless. The webinar will explore the barriers people who are homeless face in receiving end of life care and some examples of good practice. There are limited places available on this webinar and you will need to register to attend. To find out more about the webinar and to register, visit NHS England Upcoming Webinars

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