People in Dorset who have experience of care and support in the last years of life are being invited to give feedback on their experiences.

View seeking launches on Monday 5 July 2021 for six weeks until 8 August 2021.

There are several ways for people to share their views, including a survey for patients and carers as well as a survey for staff who work in palliative care. People can also take part in an informal confidential conversation with a member of the team by calling 0333 241 2495.

The Palliative Care in the Community group, which has representation from health and care clinicians and providers across Dorset, encourages people to share their experiences. Dr Kate Smeaton as the chair of this group says:

“With the number of people dying in hospital reducing and increasing in other settings as well as at home, it is important that patients and carers across Dorset have consistent access to quality care with a focus on what really matters to people in those precious final months, weeks and days.

“I would like to urge anyone who has experience of these services in the last three years to share their views. Your feedback matters and will help shape the future of palliative care in community services across Dorset.”

The survey for patients and family members can be found at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/careandsupportinthelastyearsoflife

Staff who help deliver palliative care services can also share their experiences by visiting www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/palliativecarestaffsurvey

You can request a paper copy of either survey by emailing communications@dorsetccg.nhs.uk or calling 0333 241 2495.

Alternatively, people can tell their story anonymously online at https://www.careopinion.org.uk