In Scotland, more and more adults are now living with long term, often progressive conditions involving specific palliative care needs. The future provision of palliative and end of life care in Scotland is therefore a complex matter and must be a priority for future planning, delivery and improvement.  This should relate to all those affected and responsible for commissioning, designing and delivering care.    

The Strategic Framework for Action for Palliative and End of Life Care was published at the end of 2015. See http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/12/4053/downloads

Scottish Care is committed to ensuring that its recommendations are put into practice.

Improving palliative and end of life care involves a wide range of people and organisations, across the health and social care, professional and public, and statutory and voluntary spectrum. 

Scottish Care has worked over the years to ensure that the highest possible quality of life is achieved by individuals wither in their own home or in a care home right up until the end of their life. 

Scottish Care believes that everyone has the right to die with dignity and respect with the wishes of the individual at the heart of their care and support and where their voice is heard and known by all around them. We believe it is important that such a person-centred, rights based approach is enshrined in all the services that support someone at the end of their life. 

We would hope that as an individual we were able to have a real sense of continuity in our care, and that that care was delivered by individuals who were valued and suitably skilled and trained, and who were adequately resourced and rewarded for such a challenging and emotional work. 

We are unlikely to have much interest in the organisation that someone comes from but will be more concerned about their ability to be with us at such a challenging time. 

We will as part of our care and support want to spend our last few hours where we want to be in as homely and familiar an environment as we can.

This section of the website will illustrate best practice, keep you informed about the progress of the Action Plan, and highlight was in which providers of older people care and support can work to ensure the best possible end of life and palliative care.