Support at the end of life: The role of hospice services across the UK: Nuffield Report

This Nuffield Trust report addresses a significant gap in our understanding of the services that the hospice sector provides across the UK, including how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted services

This report provides information on hospices’ service provision for the years 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21. The data draw on a nationwide survey of hospices, conducted by Hospice UK. The findings from the report illuminate the impact of Covid-19 on services that the hospice sector provides, and the people who hospice services support.

Prior to COVID-19 therapies had the highest number of contacts, however the report findings show a large reduction in therapy contacts during 2020/21. There were increases in contacts for community support, bereavement, welfare and helpline and resource services in 2020/21 compared to the previous years.

Contacts for ‘any other’ services were also 20% higher in 2020/21 compared to 2019/20, which may reflect new services being developed in response to Covid-19, which could not be categorised using existing codes. For example, some services reported switching to multidisciplinary teams in order to pool capacity for delivery during Covid-19 waves

The full report can be accessed via the link


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