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P-260 GM hospices: caring together
  1. Martin Foster1 and
  2. Claire Briscoe2
  1. 1Greater Manchester Hospices, Manchester, UK
  2. 2St Ann’s Hospice, Manchester, UK


Background Hospices in Greater Manchester working strategically together to influence and improve specialist palliative and end of life care for people in Greater Manchester and East Cheshire.

Hospice care of today There for GM patients and their loved ones, from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Out in our local communities, whether in our hospice buildings or in the places people call home, caring for patients in a truly holistic way. Developing best practice, educating and training others, and easing pressure on NHS colleagues. Always there when people need us, irrespective of post code, diagnosis or cultural background, to provide world-class, person-centred, specialist palliative and end of life care. Yet more can still be done. We are working with our system partners to influence, shape and drive evolution and future care provision for people with life-limiting illnesses in GM.

Hospice care of tomorrow Together we’ll improve supportive, palliative and end of life care across Greater Manchester and East Cheshire in line with the Ambitions Framework for Palliative and End of Life Care. Our work with the GMEC Strategic Clinical Network for Palliative and End of Life Care will continue to define the standard for excellent, equitable hospice care in GM. Making sure that GM Hospices are the infrastructure that delivers those standards, aspirations and ambitions within each locality. Owning, sharing, standardising and analysing our collective data to help inform the hospice care of the future. Reaching out to even more patients and their families than ever before, whichever community they are from. Raising awareness of the importance of quality specialist palliative and EOLC and sharing our expertise with others. Our work together will help inform and support consistent, evidence-based commissioning decisions. We’ll be bolder, louder and prouder - to ensure that delivering the very best holistic care for people at end of life stays at the top of the GM agenda.

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