End of life planning series

Written by Helen Bennett: Care Development Manager, Together for Short LivesDate 12 Feb 2013

End of Life Care contentTogether for Short Lives has launched a new set of  End of Life Care resources aimed at supporting professionals working in children's palliative care with practicalities and considerations once it has been recognised that a child is coming to the end of their life.

The new End of Life Planning series centres on A Guide to End of Life Care, a comprehensive manual for best practice at end of life care. It covers three main stages of care: before death, care at the time of death, and care after death.  The series also includes a set of End of Life prompts which pull out the key elements from each chapter of the guide.  Nurses have recently been given powers to verify expected death in childhood, so as part of the series, a resources called The verification of expected death in childhood  has been developed with the aim of building confidence and expertise of practitioners who may not have a great deal of experience with this procedure.