Supporting people in Sussex who are approaching the final stages of their lives
22 February 2019

Supporting people approaching the final stages of their lives

Clinicians at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) have produced two guides to support patients, families and carers as people approach the final stages of life.

In the last year SCFT’s Clinical and support teams have cared for more than 1,500 people at the end of their lives.

Our teams working across services support the health and care needs of many hundreds more people receiving palliative and end of life care

We understand that the news that you or someone you care about is nearing the end of life can cause a range of emotions and concerns.

SCFT has produced a booklet to help patients, their families and carers to manage during a difficult time.

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive at SCFT, said: “I am proud that we are able to support people from their very first moments until their last - whoever they are and wherever they are from.

“Our vision of providing excellent care at the heart of the communities we serve is made a reality by caring and compassionate people, like those working with patients at the end of their lives.”

“I want to thank our End of Life Care Lead Lauren Smith for her work putting together some really useful guides for people nearing the final stages of their life.”

Lauren Smith, End of Life Care Lead at SCFT, said: “We wanted to make sure that we give people the information and support they need when they or a loved one is approaching the end of their life.

“Our booklets offer support, advice and signpost people to useful local and national services that might help them during a difficult time. Helping patients to access and understand information that may otherwise be hard to take in is really important.

“These resources also help our clinical teams communicate, to have better quality conversations with patients, their friends, families or carers.”

Did you know?

SCFT also runs a successful project in West Sussex that has joined up the services that support people at the end of their lives.

ECHO, the Coastal West Sussex End of Life Care Hub, improves the coordination and delivery of end of life care across Coastal West Sussex by linking key services via a 24/7 telephone coordination hub staffed by trained nurses.

Useful links

You can find out more about ECHO on our website, here.

If you would like to know more about the End of Life Care Booklets, please contact