widening access to end of life care

7th July 2017



Halton Haven Hospice joins national campaign to widen access to end of life care


This month Halton Haven Hospice is joining forces with national charity Hospice UK and other hospices across the country to launch a new campaign aimed at widening access to end of life care.


New analysis published by Hospice UK has found that nationally one in four families of people who require end of life care, including hospice care, are not getting the support they need.


Hospices provide wide-ranging support for terminally ill people, which includes medical care, spiritual and emotional support and also complementary therapies to promote wellbeing. Hospices also provide their families with practical and emotional support, such as bereavement counselling.


There are a number of reasons why people may not be referred for hospice, or other end of life care. People with a non-cancer diagnosis are often referred in smaller numbers and at a later stage than people with a cancer diagnosis for end of life care. This often because of low awareness among some healthcare professionals about options such as hospice care.


Also, studies have shown that people from economically deprived areas, BAME (black and minority ethnic) and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people experience barriers to accessing end of life care services.


The Open Up Hospice Care campaign seeks to raise awareness among the public about the fact that hospice care is available to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability or illness.


Hospice UK and hospices are working to widen access to hospice care in a number of ways. For example, Hospice UK is investing in new technology to foster collaboration between hospices and other practitioners, such as care homes and hospitals.


Shaun Pollard, Chief Executive Officer at Halton Haven, said, “Halton Haven Hospice is delighted to help launch the Open Up Hospice Care Campaign. Every day we see the positive impact that hospice care has on people and their families in and around the Halton area. We want to ensure that everyone has access to hospice care when they need it and we are very proud to be a part of this campaign.”


Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK said, “The chances are you know someone who needs hospice care. Sadly, many families of people with terminal and life-limiting conditions are missing out on the vital care they need for their loved ones, as well as the emotional and psychological support available to help them cope.


“Hospices offer compassionate care which can play a vital role in easing people’s suffering, providing comfort and relieving considerable pressures faced by families.


“Hospices are committed to extending the reach of their services but this work needs to be part of a wider effort involving all healthcare providers, if we are to tackle current inequities and ensure that everyone gets the expert care they need at the end of life.”


Halton Haven is calling on the public to support the Open Up Hospice Care Campaign, by donating and also helping raise awareness about the benefits of hospice care.


To find out more about Halton Haven Hospice and the Open Up Hospice Care Campaign visit www.haltonhaven.org.uk/openup or www.facebook.com/haltonhaven.hospice.5.


You can also contact Halton Haven on 01928 712 728 or info@haltonhaven.co.uk.





Notes for Editor


  • A copy of Hospice UK’s analysis can be found on its website: www.hospiceuk.org.


  • Hospice UK’s research highlights that there are 118,000 people in the UK with terminal and life-limiting conditions who are not able to access the expert care they need at the end of life, including hospice care.


  • The hospice care sector supports approximately 200,000 people with terminal and life-limiting conditions in the UK each year according to the Hospice Care in the UK report 2016. This amounts to more than four in ten people of those estimated to need expert end of life care. Hospices also provide bereavement support to 40,000 people.


  • Halton Haven Hospice cares for people aged eighteen years and over with life-limiting illnesses living in Halton and surrounding areas. We provide support to patients and their families according to their individual needs. As a charity, we make no charge for any of our services. Whilst we have a contract with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), half of our income comes from the generosity of the local community. Situated in beautiful grounds in Runcorn, we have twelve in-patient beds and 48 places a week in our Day Hospice. Over the last 33 years Halton Haven Hospice has cared for and supported thousands of local people in Halton.



Chris Andrews

Community Fundraising Manager

01928 712 728