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.

EoLC is a North Central London (NCL) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) Priority and is outlined within the Last Phase of Life Project. More information on this work can be found on the North London Partners website or in the NCL STP Strategic Narrative.

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: 

Use the new pan-London EOLC Maar chart (latest V3 July 2020)

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

  • the new Maar chart (V3) 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

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Last updated: Feb 23rd, 2021
Review date: Aug 18th, 2021