Palliative Care (End-of-Life Care)

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness. by means of early identification, and impeccable assessment and treatment, of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. 

End-of-life care (EoLC) helps all those with advanced, progressive, life-threatening illness to live as well as is possible, through the prevention and relief of suffering, until they die. It enables the needs of both patient and family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement. It includes management of pain and other symptoms, and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support.

On this webpage you will find service information, referral routes and a number of helpful tools that should help with early identification, making an advance care plan and other parts of end of life care.

The London EoLC Clinical Network (NHS E&I) has published a Covid-19 London Primary Care Support Document (see Downloads). This comprehensive document includes guidance around the entire EoLC pathway including symptom control, compassionate conversations and care after death among other areas.

Please also see: 

Community Palliative Care

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey


  • Service name: Elipse (CNWL)
  • Referral route: A referral form can be found in ISL EMIS under ISL global documents > Palliative Care  > Palliative Care Referral Form
  • t: 020 3317 5777
  • Out of hours: 0845 155 5000 (ask the operator to air call the Palliative Care Team)

North Camden

South Camden

  • Service name: CNWL
  • Referral route: A referral form called Palliative Care Referral Form can be found on the Camden EMIS Forms page
  • t: 020 3317 5777
  • Out of hours: 0845 155 5000 (ask the operator to air call the Palliative Care Team)


Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead

North London Hospice

St Joseph's

St John & St Elizabeth

Use the pan-London EoLC Maar chart 

An end of life care medical authorisation and administration record (Maar) was agreed by the London-wide Clinical Advisory Group in July 2020. 

  • the Maar chart is available on EMIS, or see Downloads
  • presentation slides from a webinar introducing the new Maar chart, on 2 July 2020, are available (see Downloads). 

Via Coordinate My Care, those with chronic healthcare conditions and/or life-limiting illnesses can create a personalised care plan so that they can express their wishes on how and where they are treated and cared for. This can be shared electronically with urgent care providers, especially in an emergency.


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Dr Jonathan Sheldon, clinical lead for Palliative Care (End-of-Life Care)

Camden Last Phase of Life Clinical Lead

Dr Jonathan Sheldon

Abirame Sambisivan, clinical lead for Palliative Care (End-of-Life Care)

Enfield Macmillan End of Life Care Clinical Lead

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Last updated: Aug 19th, 2021
Review date: Aug 17th, 2022