Supporting CQC end of life care inspections

For more information, please contact Samir Jeraj

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out inspections of 20 Clinical Commissioning Group areas in England to assess the quality of end of life care.

End of life care is the care received by people who are likely to die in the next 12 months. It includes care in the last days and hours of life, and care after death, including bereavement support for families and loved ones.

There is evidence that the quality of end of life care is different in different areas, and for different groups of people. This work focused on:

  • people with a diagnosis other than cancer
  • people aged over 75
  • people with dementia; People from BAME groups and
  • other groups of people who may have specific needs, such as people with mental health needs, people with learning disabilities, people who identify as LGBT, people who are homeless, prisoners, Travellers and Gypsies.

As with other inspections, CQC will publish a report for each area detailing its judgements and any required improvements. They will also publish a national report later in the year, which will highlight the key themes on a national level.

Our work

The Race Equality Foundation supported CQC in this work by gathering the experiences of black and minority ethnic people, homeless people and prisoners; their relatives and friends, and their carers and advocates. This work will form part of the commentary for the national report.