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It is important to ensure patients requiring high-quality palliative and end of life care, whether in hospices or in the community, continue to receive that support during the COVID-19 outbreak.
To support local commissioners during this challenging time, NHS England and NHS improvement has developed a standard operating procedure for community palliative and end of life care. This is due to be published shortly and will contain guidance for healthcare professionals working in community settings, taking into account the safety of clinicians.
In addition, a range of guidance has already been made available to support the delivery of high-quality end of life care in community settings, including:
- The NHS England and NHS Improvement clinical specialty guide ‘Community Palliative, End of Life and Bereavement Care in the COVID-19 pandemic’; and
- The NHS England and NHS Improvement clinical guidelines for children and young people with palliative care needs in all care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guidance is available at the following links: