A dedicated team has been established in Northamptonshire to support people at the end of their lives to receive the best possible care.

Angela Dempsey

Angela Dempsey

The new Last Year of Life Transformation Delivery Group will work to ensure that everyone in need of palliative and end-of-life care – together with their carers and families – receives co-ordinated care and support that meets their individual needs from diagnosis to bereavement, regardless of care provider, diagnosis, circumstance or where they live in the county.

The delivery group will play a key strategic role in influencing and supporting the commissioning and provision of end-of-life care across Northamptonshire and will be responsible for ensuring that the necessary infrastructure, capacity and development plans are in place.

Key priorities for the group include:

  • To develop a countywide Last Year of Life Strategy for 2021 to 2024 and ensure plans are in line with NHS England and NHS Improvement’s ambitions for end-of-life care
  • Jill Houghton

    Jill Houghton

    To ensure consistent provision of palliative care across Northamptonshire, including equal access to services such as Hospice at Home, social care, palliative care beds, psychological and bereavement services, professional advice and carers advice

  • To ensure the necessary workforce is in place across health and social care to provide palliative and end-of-life care, with training and development to support the voluntary and community sector
  • To ensure there is a co-ordinated approach to the information and documentation available to patients and their families, as well as to patient engagement
  • To maintain successful partnership working with other related areas of our health and care system, such as care homes
  • To develop a consistent approach to assessing, measuring and monitoring population needs and outcomes

The group executive lead is Angela Dempsey (pictured top right), Chief Nurse and Quality Officer at NHS Northamptonshire CCG, and it is chaired by Jill

Tina Swain

Tina Swain

Houghton (pictured middle right), a registered nurse and non-executive director at Northampton General Hospital. Its clinical leads are Dr Reema Pal, a specialist doctor at Cynthia Spencer Hospice, and Laura Clifford, a community matron at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, while the programme is backed by Kristy Clayton and Dr Pauline Love, regional leads for palliative and end-of-life care.

Programme lead Tina Swain (pictured bottom right), Head of Nursing and Safeguarding at the CCG, said: “Across our county we are extremely lucky to have amazing, dedicated professionals who are as passionate and committed to this agenda as we are, and with their help, hope to continue at pace our programme of change.”

Forming part of the iCAN programme, the Last Year of Life Transformation Delivery Group will be responsible and accountable to the NHCP Partnership Board and will support the integrated delivery of services across all levels of our health and care system.