The End of Life Care Audit: Dying in Hospital is a national clinical audit commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and run by the Royal College of Physicians, with additional funding provided by Marie Curie to assist with the dissemination and usage of audit results for quality improvement purposes. It has been designed to ensure that the priorities for care of the dying person outlined in the document One Chance to Get it Right are monitored at a national level. National audit data will support end of life care commissioners, service providers and policymakers to audit the care and to facilitate quality improvement initiatives.
The End of Life Care Audit builds on the recommendations of the 2014 National Care of the Dying Audit of Hospitals.
The priorities for care of the dying person (taken from the UK Department of Health's One Chance to Get it Right report) are that, when it is thought that a person may die within the next few days or hours:
You can find out more about the objectives and scope of the audit below.
During 2016 we held four regional quality improvement workshops in Birmingham, Bristol, London and Leeds. A summary of the events will be available shortly.
End of Life Care will be a topic in the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcome Programme (NCAPOP). There is work underway at the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) to determine what will be the scope of the audit via a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders during the winter. In spring 2017, once this scope has been agreed it will then go out to tender and interested parties can then bid to undertake this work.
The End of Life Care – dying in hospital audit has been completed. The email box EOLCA@rcplondon.ac.uk and the web tool are now closed. Please contact CQID@rcplondon.ac.uk if you have any questions or need any information.