Priorities for Care

Five new Priorities for Care have been introduced as the new basis for caring for someone at the end of their life. The new approach recognises that, in many cases, planning for death should start well before a person reaches the end of their life.

Priorities for Care means that we carry out a holistic assessment and an agreed care plan, regularly reviewing patients’ needs and preferences, ensuring that we:


The possibility that a person may die within the coming days and hours is recognised and communicated clearly, decisions about care are made in accordance with the person’s needs and wishes, and these are reviewed and revised regularly by doctors and nurses.


Sensitive communication takes place between staff, the person who is dying and those important to them.


The dying person, and those identified as important to them, are involved in decisions about treatment and care.


The people important to the dying person are listened to and their needs are respected.

Plan (and do)

Care is tailored to the individual and delivered with compassion – with an individual care plan in place.


Priorities for Care Lead

Dr Joanne Bowen, (01384) 321800 or email

Priorities for care of the dying person poster

Priorities for care of the dying person leaflet