Improving end of life care through innovation

Marie Curie wants ‘a change in thinking’ about end of life care because the provision of good-quality end of life care varies greatly across the UK and not everybody is getting the level of care and support they need.

At Marie Curie we know that the provision of end of life care varies enormously, and it isn't always to the standard that it needs to be. So we're calling today for some changes. We want the policy makers, the politicians, health professionals to recognize that change is needed so that we can deliver better end of life care. One particular thing we're calling for is free social care in the last year of life. As part of the palliative care community, we're committed to working with everybody to try and improve end of life care. One of the great things that we offer is innovation, and how this can be done.

A poll, conducted by ComRes for Marie Curie (PDF 285KB)  , highlights public confusion and concern about end of life care services, and the different experiences people have.

Innovation and resources

Marie Curie has created innovative new evidence and data tools to help all service providers, commissioners and policy makers identify gaps in end of life care in their area.

  • ‘Death and dying: Understanding the data’ provides analysis of external data sources and identifies patterns of service delivery and outcomes with policy analysis and recommendations.
  • Download the executive summary (PDF 57KB)  
  • Download the full report (PDF 1MB)  
  • A recent study by the Nuffield Trust provides strong evidence that end of life care provided by the Marie Curie Nursing Service reduces the need for emergency hospitalisation, allows more people to die at home and cuts hospital costs.
  • Our service design team helps local providers and commissioners to develop a range of well-coordinated local services for palliative care patients through the Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme.

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