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OA26 How inclusive partnership working influences local policy and practice: the case of the end of life partnership
  1. Rachel Zammit
  1. The End of Life Partnership, UK


Ageing, death, dying and loss are universal issues that have a range of health, wellbeing, financial and socio-economic costs for society.

Aim The End of Life Partnership (EoLP) is a charitable collaborative in Cheshire, which aims to transform end of life experience and care, by working with a wide range partners from the public, private and third sectors and by engaging individuals, families and communities.

Method Launched in April 2014, the EoLP merged three existing programmes focussing on public health, education and service development and added an additional research focus. There are now four dedicated departments: Public Health and Wellbeing; Research, Evaluation and Technology; Service Development; Education and Practice Development.

In October 2014 a Dementia work stream was added. The work of The EoLP is shaped, overseen and monitored by a Strategic Partnership Executive, with representation from key local stakeholders and a board of trustees. The EoLP meets national objectives and delivers on local priorities agreed with stakeholders, including patients and the public. This is strengthened through a dedicated Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Partnership to enable community voices to be heard.

Results Significant milestones have already been realised as a partnership collaborative.

For example, response to the national review of the Liverpool Care Pathway incorporated development of a local care plan with stakeholders, educational strategy to ensure effective roll-out, public consultation and work to measure impact.

Conclusion The EoLP works to influence and shape policy and practice at a local, regional, national and international level.

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