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Palliative care to get £1.8m funding

23rd March 2012

The Department of Health has made funding available to assess how palliative care for NHS patients in England can be improved.

The move to provide £1.8m for 11 pilot projects follows an independent funding review chaired by Marie Curie Cancer Care chief executive Tom Hughes-Hallett.

It made a series of recommendations designed to create a fair and transparent funding system for palliative care in order to deliver better outcomes for patients and better value for the NHS.

They included a call for pilot schemes to be set up because there was a lack of good quality data available on the subject.

From that projects run by NHS North Yorkshire and York; St Christopher's hospice, London; University of Sheffield; University hospital Southampton NHS foundation trust; Heart of Kent hospice; Poole hospital NHS foundation trust; and Royal Wolverhampton hospitals NHS trust will each receive £200,000.

In addition, £400,000 has been allocated to projects for children and young people to be carried out by a consortium of East of England child health and wellbeing team; West Midlands paediatric palliative care network; a group of London networks and centres, including Great Ormond Street hospital; and Northwest children and young people’s palliative care network.

Data collected – from an estimated 5,000 adult and 5,000 child palliative care - will help establish a classification system to categorise palliative care patients according to level of need.

Chair of the palliative care funding working group Professor Sir Mike Richards said the review recognised the essential information needed to develop a fair funding system was not yet available.

 

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