The Argyll and Bute Delivering Choice Programme is an integrated partnership which has brought together NHS, Local Authority and third sector partners to develop and deliver high quality, person-centred palliative and end of life care services.
Since the initiative began in November 2013, six new projects have been implemented in Argyll and Bute.
Argyll and Bute, like the rest of Scotland and the UK – if perhaps rather more markedly so – faces increasing pressures on its health and social care services as a result of various demographic and socioeconomic factors. The Argyll and Bute Delivering Choice Programme was commissioned through Reshaping Care for Older People to review current palliative care services in the area, and to support the design and improvement of local services.
Using Marie Curie’s Delivering Choice methodology for service design, the Argyll and Bute programme team worked with local partners from the public, independent and voluntary sectors to examine and address challenges in end of life care delivery.
More information is available on the programme’s website here; and the scheme is shortly to hold a celebratory event in Oban which, in a series of presentations, will detail the achievements of the work done by the partnership.
First class palliative care and end of life care could hardly be more important, practically and philosophically. We will report later in more detail on the contribution of this scheme in Agyll and Bute.