North East and North Cumbria Palliative and End of Life Care Network
Dr Kathryn Hall, Clinical Lead and Macmillan GP
Dr Teresa Storr, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Medical Director, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS FT
Workforce Lead: Jenny Wilson, Head of Clinical Services, Eden Valley Hospice & Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice
Project Manager: Lizzie Zabrocki, Nurse Specialist End of Life Care, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT
The Palliative & End of Life Care ICS Palliative and End of Life Care Clinical Network is a multi-professional group made of health professionals from organisations across the North East and North Cumbria Clinical Networks region, covering a population of over 3 million people.
- To have a patient focus at the heart of everything we do and work towards equitable standards of care across the North East and North Cumbria.
- To oversee implementation of the Improving Outcomes Guidance: NICE Quality Standard end of Life Care for Adults Quality Standard QS13 (published November 2011), NICE Quality Standard Care of Dying Adults in the Last Days of Life Quality Standard QS144 (published March 2017), End of Life Care Strategy (DH 2008) and Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: a national framework for local action 2021-2026 (2021).
- To encourage a consistent and coordinated approach in commissioning and delivery of Palliative and End of Life Care across the North East and North Cumbria.
- To be the expert advisory group to the Network Board on issues relating to Palliative Care and End of Life Care throughout the North East and North Cumbria.
- To set quality standards and work on service improvement and development.
- To lead rapid change, including the development and implementation of consistent standards within available resources.
- Actively support patient involvement to ensure patient focus in all aspects of the development of pathways and standards.
- To work with clinical colleagues to establish and regularly review specific objectives and goals.
- To ensure that clinical research is incorporated into the work of the Group.
As part of the national change in Network boundaries we are proud to say that we now work closely with our partner ICS groups in Yorkshire and Humber, becoming part of the North East and Yorkshire Strategic Clinical Network (SCN). While we maintain our individual identity, we are working to align across the SCN as much as possible. If you would like to see the Yorkshire and Humber website you can access it here
NB: Please note that there are differences in the way we function as individual ICS groups and we will not always have the same guidance. For example, in North East and North Cumbria we use Deciding right as an advance care planning tool while Yorkshire and Humber use ReSPECT. Anything you choose to use as a resource from the Yorkshire and Humber website should be used with caution and only if it is appropriate for our region.