By working together across Surrey Heartlands we can do more to provide high quality end of life care for patients. That was the message to attendees at the Academy’s recent Forum event.

Dr Liz Nuttall, a GP and the End of Life Care Lead for North West Surrey, told delegates how patients in the last year of their lives need us to work together to provide support to them and their families.

She spoke about how end of life care is currently isolated, although it is important to a number of workstreams including cancer, diabetes, children, dementia, digital and medicine optimisation.

She then asked participants to consider how we can develop seamless collaborative care for end of life patients.

Said Liz: “We had a lively and very constructive conversation, working in groups, and participants came up with some great ideas including having conversations early on with families, standardising the way the end of life process is delivered, exploring and sharing all existing good practice, and sharing palliative care records. The next stage is for the End of Life Care Leads to meet and discuss how to take the ideas forward and then implement them.”

Added Mark Hamilton, the Academy’s Clinical Director: “The Academy Forums provide a space for workstreams to come together and work collaboratively to address issues. We were delighted to host the End of Life discussion and look forward to seeing the ideas being implemented. We will revisit this subject at a future Academy event and share the progress made.”