Reaching Our Communities
Growing our understanding of our communities’ needs across Barnet, Enfield and Haringey is important if we are to ensure that everyone in our area has equal access to outstanding palliative and end of life care.
We are committed to reducing inequalities in access to expert end of life care and to reaching more people, and their families, as they approach the end of their lives.
To achieve this;
- We need to understand more about who does and does not access our services and why,
- Encourage medical professionals to refer more people to hospice care,
- Design services which meet the needs of people who are currently missing out,
- Raise awareness of the benefits of hospice care and how to access it and
- Support people in the community with a life-limiting illness to access hospice care.
In sum, we need to improve demand for and supply of hospice care.
One of our Priorities for Improvement is to seek ways of improving access for communities that we are not reaching or when they are finding it hard to reach us.
Compassionate Neighbours is a free community-led project for anyone living with a life-limiting illness and experiencing loneliness or social isolation. Compassionate Neighbours can really make a difference. They are trained to offer their time, companionship and support to people living in their community.
We are increasingly involving our communities in all that we do. People we are or have supported are vital contributors developing new services and improving existing ones – ‘Nothing about us without us’.