Living and Dying Well, Scotland’s first national action plan for palliative and end of life care, was published in 2008. Since then considerable progress has been made in implementing the key actions identified.
This action plan supports a cohesive national approach to ensure the provision of consistent and equitable palliative and end of life care throughout Scotland. Living and Dying Well has a strong emphasis on person-centred care and advance care planning. The importance of communication, collaboration and continuity of care across all care sectors and at all stages of the patient journey are central to achieving its aims. These values, that care is person centred, safe and effective also form the basis of the Scottish Government's Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland.
Living and Dying Well: Building on Progress records the progress made towards achieving the aims of Living and Dying Well, and sets out the next phase of actions required by NHS Boards working with stakeholders.
The Scottish Government will continue to support the implementation, governance and leadership of palliative and end of life care through the Living and Dying Well National Advisory Group and through collaborative working with NHS Boards, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC) - who working together will continue to drive improvement.
Improvements in palliative and end of life care
Significant quality improvements in palliative and end of life care have already been achieved through a number of national developments arising out of the implementation of Living and Dying Well such as:
The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC)
The SPPC have a central role in supporting improvements in palliative and end of life care in Scotland through their involvement in specific actions as well as providing a direct function to the Living and Dying Well National Advisory Group which is chaired by Dr Elizabeth Ireland, the National Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care.