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Welcome to LPCN News April 2021! 

Welcome to the Spring edition of LPCN News.

As always, we would like to thank all our partners for their continued commitment to the LPCN programme of work.

We are continuing to make good progress across our projects, including the Dying Well in the Community work which is now moving towards the service redesign phase.

We are also supporting Dying Matters week in May and have represented Leeds’ end of life care community at a number of regional and national events in recent weeks. Read on for more updates!

Dr Adam Hurlow, Chair

Starting conversations with ‘what matters to me’
 
Taking time to ask what’s important to people is a simple but essential step in putting people at the heart of decisions about their health and care.
 
Asking what matters to the person helps us understand them as a whole person and what’s important to them rather than focussing purely on specific illness or health needs. Discussions about what’s important to the person - their strengths, priorities and preferences - allow us to have a collaborative and ‘better conversation’ and together make decisions about actions.
 
In Leeds, we have developed a ‘What Matters to Me’ (WMTM) template for use by health and care staff. It includes key questions that can facilitate ‘better conversations’ with people about what is important to them. This WMTM template is now an integral component of various pathways including:
 

  • Personalised care and support planning, as part of long-term conditions annual reviews and cancer care reviews and:
  • Advance care planning (Planning Ahead)
                                                         
The template and more information can be found on our website here.

 

Dying Matters Awareness Week – the importance of being ‘In a good place to die’


Dying Matters Awareness Week is held on 10-16 May 2021. This year the theme for the week is focusing on the importance of being ‘in a good place to die‘. With gaps in support structures for people when they die, and for those that are left behind, people are dying without being in the right place.

Often, people don’t feel prepared and they haven’t fulfilled their wishes or communicated them to loved ones.

To find out what we’re doing in Leeds, and for access to more resources to help on your journey, click here.

Leeds Dying Well in the Community Project – Update

Ruth Gordon and Dr Duncan Bradley delivered an update on the Dying Well in the Community Project at the Leeds Academic Health Partnership Steering group on 18 March. The project is using a whole systems approach to ensure effective service redesign, making the best use of the resources available to deliver the most effective and compassionate care outside of hospital for those people who are dying and for their carers and families.

The research phase of the project has now been completed and the findings are being used to inform the areas of focus and action plans for implementation. Click here to view the full update.

News In Brief  
 
Dr Adam Hurlow Presents at Hospice UK Conference

LPCN Chair, Dr Adam Hurlow, presented at Hospice UK’s Future Vision Conference - Strategic Planning for the Future of End of Life Care on 20 April. Adam talked about the city wide commitment to Data Driven Decision Making and how intelligent data can be used to plan and deliver high quality end of life care. Click here to view the presentation. 

 
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