The committee stage of Baroness Findlay of Llandaff’s private member’s Bill, Access to Palliative Care Bill, is scheduled for 2nd February 2015. Trinity's Chief Executive, Dallas Pounds, explains why Trinity supports the Bill.

Why Royal Trinity Hospice Supports the Access to Palliative Care Bill

Trinity, like other hospices, provides specialist education to generalist healthcare professionals working in acute trusts and the community, but there is still insufficient understanding of good end of life care. The Bill would compel Health Education England to ensure training for all healthcare professionals in palliative care.

The complexity of the delivery and funding system for end of life care, combined with the very tight public sector funding environment, often militates against joined up working. The Bill would require the health system commissioners and providers to deliver specialist palliative care services in an integrated manner.

As a solely end of life care provider, we are evaluated on the quality of our palliative care by the Care Quality Commission. We believe all services providing palliative care should have this aspect of their care inspected. The Bill would place a responsibility on the CQC to evaluate the provision of palliative care when it conducts an inspection.

We know how important it is to advance innovation in palliative care practice, and the Bill would ensure specialist palliative care teams have the ability to participate in relevant research and be aware of new methods in care.

Please support Baroness Finlay’s Bill.

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