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End of Life Care Strategy First Annual Report

The strategy included a commitment that I would report to you annually on progress. This is the first report in the series. It covers progress at national and regional levels with illustrations of the work taking place locally. The strategy set out a broad and ambitious programme centring on three key elements:

• societal level: actions to raise awareness of, and change attitudes towards, death and dying
;• individual level: integrated service delivery based around a care pathway;
• infrastructure: workforce development, measurement, research, funding and national support.

The strategy has sparked a great deal of activity at national, regional and local levels. We have made a good start to establish the programmes and infrastructures which will deliver real service improvements, and with them improvements in the experience of patients, carers and families.