In 2008 the North West Strategic Health Authority (SHA) End of Life Clinical Pathway Group (CPG) devolved responsibility for end of life care to the three cancer networks in its region.

The Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network established a new group – the Cumbria and Lancashire End of Life Network – to take on this work. This was in recognition that the footprint for end of life care is bigger than that of the cancer service and that end of life care is not just for people with a cancer diagnosis.

In addition, the team needed to support the implementation of the National and North West End of Life Care Strategy required a broader representation than the teams already in place to support cancer services.

J. F. was appointed strategic lead for the Network due to her background in the mental capacity act, learning disabilities and PPC end of life care tool

Dr E. B., associate specialist in renal medicine with a special interest in end of life care and advance care planning for dialysis patients was appointed lead clinician.

J. and E. have built up a team of key stakeholders from broad and diverse backgrounds with a wealth of knowledge and expertise to support the delivery of high quality end of life care to all who need it in Cumbria and Lancashire.

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