NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is calling for anyone who has had experience of end of life care at home over the last three years to come forward and give their opinions in order to help shape the future of palliative care in the community services across Dorset.

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 them.

The CCG has formed a Palliative Care in the Community working group to explore and develop a potential palliative care in the community service. Partners in this group include; BCP County Council, Domiciliary Care providers, Dorset Healthcare, Forest Holme Hospice, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, Macmillan Unit, Marie Curie, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust, Weldmar Hospicecare.

Your opinion matters, the importance of understanding what matters to patients and families who have experience of end of life care, as part of the planning process for this new service is key. Helen Clark, Principle Lead for Primary and Community Care, Dorset CCG said, “We would really like to hear the thoughts of our community right across the county, giving your views is important to us and easy to do, simply go to the following website, click on Care Opinion and leave your views, there are some carefully designed questions to help you or you can just write your thoughts on your or your families experiences, we would welcome your help with this project.”

To take part please go to https://www.careopinion.org.uk/ and give your views – your voice really matters, all views are anonymous.