Palliative and end of life care programme

How is Healthcare Improvement Scotland helping NHS boards improve care for people who have advanced medical conditions with little or no prospect of a cure, and to help their families to cope?

Providing support to improve services for palliative and end of life care is an important area of work for us.

Here is some of the work that we’re currently doing:

  • Helping the implementation of adult, children and young people resuscitation policies across NHSScotland
  • Developing indicators for palliative and end of life care (indicators are measures that help NHS boards see how they are performing against objectives)
  • Developing guidelines for palliative and end of life care

To help us realise these projects, we call upon the knowledge and experience of others. We are working closely with the Scottish Government Health Directorate, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care and NHS Education for Scotland to support quality assurance and quality improvement.

“How people die remains in the memory of those who live on”

Dame Cicely Saunders



“How we care for the dying must surely be an indicator of how we care for all our sick and vulnerable patients”

Mike Richards, National Clinical Director End of Life (2007)