Royal Trinity Hospice will continue to deliver the award-winning Wandsworth End of Life Care Coordination Service after the successful conclusion of the innovative pilot. Over the past two years, the pilot has supported almost 900 people to be cared for and die in their place of choice.

The Wandsworth End of Life Care Coordination Service (formerly known as the Wandsworth End of Life Care Coordination Centre) provides a single point of access for patients, carers and professionals in Wandsworth.

From 1st April 2017, the service will also offer interim care packages to ensure that those in urgent need of care can access support in a timely way, reflecting the changing needs of patients and their families locally.

The Care Coordination Service is commissioned and funded by NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The service has been awarded to Trinity for a further twelve months from April 2017, during which an ongoing provider will be procured.

Dallas Pounds, Chief Executive of Royal Trinity Hospice, said, “We are so proud of what the pilot has achieved which is down to the hard work of the team behind it. It is a testament to the positive impact of the service and the commitment of Wandsworth CCG to end of life care that we have managed to secure recurrent funding at a time when there are many competing priorities on the NHS. We look forward to helping even more people in the future.”

Stephen Deas, Clinical Lead for End of Life Care, Wandsworth CCG, said: “We are delighted that the Wandsworth End of Life Coordination Service is continuing beyond the successful pilot period.  The pilot has provided a real opportunity for learning to ensure that we are commissioning the best service model to meet the needs of our patients as they approach the end of their life.”

The pilot launched in February 2015. It was awarded the National Council of Palliative Care Effective Coordination of Care Award at the House of Lords earlier this year. An external evaluation found that the centre resulted in an improvement in the quality of care provided to people approaching the end of their life, through faster discharges from hospital, patients and families feeling more reassured, and patients feeling more supported to remain at home.