End of life care

Palliative and end of life care

BSL Support

The Council’s ambition is to make Newham a place where all residents are supported to live and die well.

We want to normalise dying as being part of life; and support residents to talk about their wishes: the care and support they would like when they approach the end of their life; and what they would like after death.

People are considered to be approaching the end of their life when they are likely to die within 12 months. This includes people whose death is imminent (expected within a few hours or days) and / or those with:

  • advanced, progressive, incurable conditions;
  • general frailty and co-existing conditions that mean they are expected to die within 12 months;
  • existing conditions who are at risk of dying from a sudden acute crisis in their condition; and / or
  • a life-threatening acute condition caused by sudden catastrophic events.

End of Life Care is care and support that helps those with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die. It enables the palliative care needs of both the person and their loved ones to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement. It includes management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support.