A new report, 'How could free social care at the end of life work in practice?', written by OPM and commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Sue Ryder, has been published this week.
It highlights examples of joined-up working between health and social care services, such as STARS Care Liverpool, and makes the case for extending this nationwide.
The report notes an absence of national guidance on implementation and a lack of understanding on how the current system operates, which lead to restricted choice for people at the end of life.
The charities are urging health and social care commissioners to adopt the recommendations in the report to better support people at the end of life. These include:
- Improving access to high quality free social care services for people at the end of life.
- Collaborating with local partners to deliver integrated health and social care services.
- Monitoring needs and existing services more closely to inform the development of innovative new services.
The coalition is calling on the Government to make non-means tested, personal care available to everyone at the end of life.
As a member of the coalition campaigning for free social care at the end life, NCPC supports the report and its recommendations.
Click here to download the full report.