Marie Curie launches new five-year strategy to reach more people living with a terminal illness

Marie Curie Chief Executive Jane Collins

What will care and support for people living with a terminal illness look like in the future?
We can make some assumptions. Our population is rapidly aging. By 2033, there will be 7.2 million people aged 75 and over in England alone; and 1.2 million aged over 90. This means there will be more people living with terminal cancer or another terminal illness in the future. Many of these people will have more than one illness so the care and support they need will be that much more complex.

Growing demand

Why does this matter now? Because many people today already find they cannot live the way they want to towards the end of their life. Most people who have a preference about where they die would prefer to die at home; only around a quarter of people are actually able to do so. And this is just one of the issues already affecting people who have a terminal diagnosis today. These problems will only become even more acute as demand for care and support grows as we age as a population. So these aren’t issues for the future; they’re issues we need to address here and now. Marie Curie’s response to these challenges is set out in our new strategic plan for the next five years.

Care and support

We believe we must use our knowledge, expertise and resources to help more people by giving them the individual care, support and guidance they need. To do this, over the next five years, we plan to:

  • establish new services to support people and their families living with a terminal illness

  • care for more people through our nursing services and hospices

  • invest more in research and influencing the development of health policy across the UK

  • invest significantly in our infrastructure, so we can deliver more extensive care and support, both directly and indirectly.

We will all die. So we believe that how we live during the final phase of our lives is of importance to everyone. We’re grateful for the views of everyone who has helped us shape our strategic plan and we’re looking forward to working with the people we help, our supporters, partners, staff and volunteers to make it a reality.