NLH Champions campaign to widen access to hospice care
North London Hospice is joining forces with other hospices across the UK to support a new campaign aimed at widening access to the vital support hospices provide for people with life-limiting conditions and those who care for them.
The Open Up Hospice Care campaign – which launches today (4 March) and is led by national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK- highlights how hospice care is available beyond hospice in-patient units, including in people’s homes.
One in four people in the UK miss out on the care they need according to research by the national charity – due to a range of reasons including: late or a lack of referrals to hospice services and low levels of awareness about hospice care and where and when this support is available.
Also, studies have shown that people from economically deprived areas, BAME (black and minority ethnic) communities and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people can experience barriers to accessing end of life care services.
Hospice UK and local hospices are working to tackle this through initiatives to extend care to more people, such as expanding community services and reaching out to the different groups of people who have been missing out on vital support, including those caring for their loved ones at home.
North London Hospice has this year begun a two-year expansion programme of its multi disciplinary community teams in Barnet, Enfield & Haringey, which will enable it to care for significantly more people in their own homes and in the community.
Hospices provide wide-ranging support for both people with life-limiting conditions and their families, including: counselling, bereavement support and respite care.
New Research Findings
Today Hospice UK publishes the findings of a new survey by ComRes which found that seven in ten UK adults (72 per cent) say that support from a local hospice would make them feel more confident in supporting a loved one with a terminal condition at home.
And more than eight in ten (82 per cent) UK adults surveyed say the role of hospices will become more important in the next decade. Eight in ten (83%) of those who think this, say it is due to the growing care needs of the UK’s ageing population.
The ComRes survey also showed that half of UK adults surveyed (48%) are aware that hospices receive the majority of their funding from fundraising and donations (e.g. via charity shops, communities, lotteries). Nearly a fifth of those surveyed (17%) incorrectly think that hospices receive the majority of their funding from the NHS.
Pam McClinton, Chief Executive of North London Hospice said:
“It’s our desire to support as many people as we can, both patients and families. We are focused on broadening knowledge of our services and ensuring they are accessible to all those that are facing a life-limiting illness in our local communities.
“The Open Up Hospice Care campaign plays an important role in helping hospices across the UK increase understanding of the support that is available.”
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said:
“For some, hospice care can seem a remote reality but we are all living longer, often with complex health conditions, and more of us will need this care in the future ourselves, or will be caring for a loved one who does.
“As our survey shows, the British public clearly values the role of hospices and recognises they will become more important in future given the seismic shift in our rapidly ageing society and with the increasing strain on the NHS. However despite this, many people find out about hospice care far too late.
“We want to share the benefits of hospice care more widely so that everyone is able to get this vital support when and wherever they want.”
Notes to editors
• ComRes interviewed 2,079 UK adults aged 18+ online on 30th and 31st January 2019. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all UK adults by age, gender, region and social grade. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
• More information about the Open Up Hospice Care campaign is available here on the Hospice UK website and on www.northlondonhospice.co.uk
• Most hospice care (83 per cent) is provided in people’s homes and through day care services for patients and their loved ones according to figures from Hospice UK.