End of Life Care Resource Group

Meg Burton was the CHCC representative on the now disbanded Leadership Alliance for the Care of the Dying Person (LACDP).  She is also the CHCC lead for End of Life Care issues. Click here for Meg’s contact details.

Update: 24 Apr 15:

The second edition of ‘Care after Death: guidance for staff responsible for care after death’ is now available in both the hospiceuk online publications catalogue and on the clinical resources page of their website.  A press release was also issued.

Click here for updates from the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) – for which the CHCC has subscriber status.

In response to the Neuberger report “More Care Less Pathway”, the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) published, in June 2014, “One Chance to Get it Right”, together with “Commitment Statements” and a “Summary of engagement on proposed outcomes and guiding principles for care in the last days of life”. This link will take you to all the documents.

The CHCC Commitment Statement is as follows:

“The College of Health Care Chaplains is a professional organisation of chaplains from all faith/belief groups. We promote best practice in pastoral, spiritual and religious care, for staff, patients and those important to them, of all faiths and none.

“The CHCC is committed to taking forward the five Priorities for Care of the Dying Person in its on-going work. Members will work closely with staff in helping them fulfil their responsibilities and duties as outlined in the supporting document Duties and Responsibilities of Health and Care Staff, and in supporting those who are dying, and the people who are important to them.

“We are committed to supporting the best quality of care for dying patients and will actively:

1 – work within the interdisciplinary team to ensure that the most appropriate spiritual, religious and cultural care is given to the dying person and their family/carers;

2 – Work in our local situations to ensure such high quality care is embedded in our organisation’s culture and the way we work;

3 – deliver, and help others to deliver, education and training to ensure continuously improving quality of care;

4 – work with key partners in the health and care system to proactively engage faith and belief bodies in a dialogue on the best quality of care for dying people; and

5 – share good practice to enable continuing development of both chaplains and the staff with whom we work, whether it be in a hospital, a hospice or in the community.


“In order to evaluate the implementation of the above actions, the national CHCC Organising Professional Committee will monitor the activities of its members at its quarterly meetings and discuss how to improve and develop the support they give to people coming to the end of their lives.”