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Birmingham healthcare commissioner launches Dying Well Community Charter

Birmingham's largest healthcare commissioner in collaboration with key partners is launching a community charter to show its commitment to care for people who are dying and the bereaved.

Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for commissioning healthcare for more than 742,000 people in the city, is holding an event to launch the Dying Well Community Charter next Thursday (19 March).

More than 40 people from the healthcare, voluntary and community sectors will be attending the event at Birmingham City Football Club.

The Dying Well Community Charter is a commitment by individuals, communities and organisations to work together to ensure that people are well supported and cared for through dying, death, grief and bereavement.

Birmingham CrossCity CCG, together with its neighbour, Birmingham South Central CCG, is one of eight localities to have recently been awarded Pathfinder Community status by the National Council for Palliative Care.

Pathfinder Communities promote the charter in a number of ways, including raising awareness of the importance of good end of life care; developing local partnerships to improve the service; and sharing their experience to help other parts of the country.

Last year Birmingham CrossCity and Birmingham South Central CCGs held a public consultation about their plans to improve palliative and end of life care so that patients get the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and more people reaching the end of their lives will be able to choose where they spend their final days.

Speaking at next week's event will be:

  • Councillor John Cotton – Chair of Birmingham Health & Well Being Board
  • Dr Peter Rookes – Birmingham CrossCity CCG's Lay advisor for patient and public involvement
  • Simon Chapman – Director of Policy, Intelligence & Public Affairs, The National Council for Palliative Care

Dr Peter Rookes, from Birmingham CrossCity CCG, said: "It is a great honour for us to have become a Pathfinder Community.

"The charter will give the impetus to strive for early diagnosis, early and effective treatment, and patients dying with dignity in a place of their choice."

An example of a patient's journey through the new process has been created. Visit http://bhamcrosscityccg.nhs.uk/our-workmm/2013-12-27-09-47-20/miscellaneous/1281-jeans-story/file to see 'Jean's story'.

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