In 2008 the government published the End of Life Care Strategy for England, in which NCPC was invited to lead a national coalition to increase public awareness, discussion and debate around dying, death and bereavement. NCPC accepted the challenge and in 2009 the Dying Matters Coalition was born. In a short time the coalition has become established and respected and now boasts over 16,000 members. Whilst the Dying Matters Coalition’s main focus is England, we support and encourage better public awareness across the UK.
NCPC celebrated its 20th birthday in 2011 and is going from strength to strength. We produce a range of publications, leaflets, DVDs, conferences and training programmes to help our subscribers around the country deliver the best levels of care. We work with government, the NHS, the voluntary and private sectors to shape future strategies and plans. We involve patients, carers and families in everything we do to ensure our work is informed by people with real experience.
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"There were two significant NICE consultations during the year, on an End of Life Care Quality Standard and on the use of strong opioids. Our consultation responses were informed by extensive feedback from our working groups as well as by people with personal experience of end of life care,and many of our key recommendations were accepted."
(NCPC Report and Financial Statements 31 March 2012)
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