A message from Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group:

Hospice and End of Life Care review

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hospice and End of Life Care has launched a review into the lasting impact of COVID-19 on death, dying and bereavement in England. As part of this review, it is requesting written evidence from those who have provided palliative and end of life care during the pandemic on their experiences, innovations and adaptions in care and the lasting impacts of the crisis on the sector and its workforce.

The APPG plans to use the evidence submitted to this review to inform recommendations to Government and the hospice and end of life care sector to ensure lessons learned during the pandemic, as well as new challenges, are not forgotten and lead to an improvement in people’s experiences of death, dying and bereavement.

Whilst the APPG welcomes submissions of evidence to this review from as wide a range of organisations and respondents as possible, the group is particularly keen to receive evidence from friends and family of those who have died during the pandemic, informal carers of loved ones and frontline staff who have provided palliative and end of life care. Therefore, the group would be very grateful if you could share this call for evidence within your networks, with your staff and with the people who you support.

The deadline to submit written evidence to this review is 16 November 2021. More information on how to submit evidence can be found in the formal call for written evidence attached or accessible online here.

Portsmouth CCG is  holding two free online events in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and the Rowans Hospice to discuss the services and support available in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport South East Hampshire.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities are particularly welcome to join the events.

The sessions will be introduced by Dr Zaid Hirmiz alongside colleagues from across the NHS and the Rowans Hospice. They will cover the following topics:

Session one: Wednesday 10 November

  • Where do I go for help?
  • Hospice at Home
  • Community nursing
  • Living Well Centre

 Session two: Wednesday 24 November

  • Inpatient unit at Rowans Hospice
  • Care in Hospital – including information about viewing, releasing the body and how might the coroner be linked
  • Bereavement services and understanding grief

Find out more and book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/practicalities-around-dying-tickets-189563659007