Services and support for local people approaching the end of their lives are set to receive a cash boost of over £300,000.
The NHS in East Sussex has secured funding to help improve and expand End of Life Care across the county, according to a press release from the East Sussex Downs and Weald Primary Care Trust.
The press release says:
End of Life Care, which is also known as palliative care, helps anyone with an incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die. It also provides support for the person’s family.
Kay Muir is in charge of efforts by the local NHS to further improve End of Life Care.
She says: “This additional funding is great news as it will allow us to offer better care to more people and their families. Our plans include:
- Expanding specialist palliative care services in the community to 7 days per week to provide support to patients and carers
- More training for GPs and other clinicians to provide high quality care across the county
- More training and education for Care Homes so they can give people high quality End of life care
- Support for patients who want to die in their own home.”
Kay adds: “The local NHS is working closely with East Sussex Adult Social Care, local hospices, as well as a range of local people and organisations to ensure that the services on offer give patients the best possible experience and include dedicated support for their family and carers.”
An example of this co-operation is the work carried out to discuss and agree what should be included in an Advance Care Plan for patients who are being looked after in local hospitals or the community.
An Advance Care Plan sets out an individual’s wishes, beliefs and values about future care so that these are taken into account in making decisions should that person lose the capacity to decide themselves.
Roger Sweetman is one of the local people who gave their views.
He says “I felt that something really happened. This was a good example of consultation and participation with everyone’s ideas being heard.”
The additional funding of £333,000 is for one year and comes from a fund provided by NHS South East Coast, the local Strategic Health Authority.
The NHS in East Sussex submitted a bid setting out how the money would help improve services, and this bid was successful.
For further information on End of Life care, here is a link to the NHS National End of Life Care Programme website.