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Palliative Care: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2018 to Question 189538 on Palliative Care: Children, what processes (a) NHS England and (b) his Department have in place to assess the level of collaboration between the relevant authorities and organisations.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England and the Department do not currently have any processes for measuring or monitoring collaboration between services involved in delivering children’s palliative care. NHS England and the Department would expect all the partners involved to be regularly talking to, and working with, relevant organisations, given their remit to identify overall local need and to join up services.

As with the vast majority of NHS services, the funding and commissioning of palliative and end of life care is a local matter over which individual National Health Service commissioners have responsibility. Local commissioners are best placed to understand the needs of local populations and commission services to meet those needs accordingly. The only exception to this are small numbers of specialist paediatric palliative care inpatient services, commissioned nationally by NHS England from eight centres across England as part of its remit to deliver specialised services.

To support effective service collaboration locally, NHS England has worked with Public Health England and the Care Quality Commission to provide bespoke end of life care data and support packs to sustainability and transformation partnerships to plan for, and improve, end of life care services.

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