Learning from people’s experience of last days of life and the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP)

On 26 November 2012, Norman Lamb held a roundtable meeting to explore the concerns raised in recent media coverage of the Liverpool Care Pathway. The meeting concluded it was important to understand what lay behind the reports of poor quality care.

The Minister will appoint an independent chair to oversee and validate the review work initiated by the National End of Life Care Programme, the Association for Palliative Medicine and Dying Matters, to report next year.

Further information is available here

A robust implementation model and continuous learning are key to the LCP. Whenever possible relatives should be involved in discussions and it is important to note that the LCP does not require hydration or nutrition to be withdrawn. It is a framework for good practice and does not replace clinical judgement.

Further guidance is available here

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