What is the challenge?

  • Deaths in England and Wales are expected to rise by 17 per cent from 2012 to 2030, so demand for end of life care is forecast to grow.
  • In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent the proportion of people aged sixty five and over (19 percent) is higher than the national average (17 per cent) and is set to widen as the overall population increases.
  • People are not always offered a choice when it comes to their preferences at the end of their life.
  • People coming to the end of their lives are not being identified and placed on the palliative care register.

People coming to the end of their lives are not being identified and placed on the palliative care register. This means that their care is not co-ordinated and end of life choices are not being acknowledged and provided where possible.

  • This means that their care is not co-ordinated and end of life choices are not being acknowledged and provided where possible.
  • There is a lack of connection between services, resulting in disjointed care and patients feeling ‘lost’ in the system.
  • End of life care is provided through many contracts across the region, meaning that care differs across the region.
  • The overall NHS budget is tight.

What’s the solution?

Appoint a lead organisation to co-ordinate a more seamless end of life care pathway.

This will:

  • Create a system where no one feels lost.
  • Re-establish choice in end of life care services.
  • Mean that people will receive the best treatment, regardless of where they live in the area.
  • Improve patient experience.
  • Accommodate for growing demand on services.
  • Make more efficient use of a tight budget.



In 2011-12 only 52.7% of local people died in their preferred place.

Our mission is to improve patients’ experience of cancer and end of life care services by coordinating each step of the patient journey.