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Caring for people in the last days and hours of life - National Statement

Caring for people in the last days and hours of life - National Statement

Friday, December 19, 2014

ISBN: 9781785440366

This National Statement confirms the 'Caring for people in the last days and hours of life' guidance and 4 principles as the framework for further planning and development at a local level across Scotland.

Executive Summary

In December 2013 the Scottish Government accepted the recommendation that the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) should be phased out in Scotland by December 2014. This statement confirms the current position.

Health and Care providers across Scotland are committed to the provision of consistently high quality end of life care for all that reflects the 4 principles set out in the guidance 'Caring for people in the last days and hours of life' published at the end of 2013 –

Principle 1: Informative, timely and sensitive communication is an essential component of each individual person's care

Principle 2: Significant decisions about a person's care, including diagnosing dying, are made on the basis of multi-disciplinary discussion

Principle 3: Each individual person's physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs are recognised and addressed as far as is possible

Principle 4: Consideration is given to the wellbeing of relatives or carers attending the person

That Guidance and associated principles are now confirmed as the framework for further planning and development at a local level across Scotland.