Palliative and End of Life Care
Death and dying are an inevitable part of all our lives and many of us will be affected by the death of people close to us.
In Sandwell, we have established a Palliative and End of Life Care Thematic Group, who are accountable to the Health and Wellbeing Board. The aim of this group is to:
- work collaboratively and creatively to build on and beyond the current health service model, introducing a ‘Public Health’ approach to improve health and wellbeing at the end of life.
- encourage a borough wide conversation about end of life, ‘opening up’ of conversation about death and dying, moving towards a culture which sees death as a natural part of life rather than something to avoid discussing and planning for even though it is inevitable for us all. In doing so develop our communities who do much of the care, so that at the end of life everyone is prepared to help.
- enable people irrespective of diagnosis or any other factor to be able to make informed choices about what is important to them and their carers before during and after their death, whilst ensuring that sufficient support is available within and outside of the health service environment.
Palliative care in Sandwell
Connected Palliative Care is a service for patients and their relatives and carers in Sandwell and West Birmingham who have a life-limiting illness. They work in partnership with other health professionals such as the GP and community nurses to support and coordinate care.
Talking about death and dying
Dying Matters is a coalition of individual and organisational members across England and Wales, which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
Sandwell Council offers Bereavement Services at Sandwell Valley Crematorium. Our staff have many years of experience in bereavement services and are here to provide advice and guidance to families on a wide range of bereavement issues.
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