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How could free social care at end of life work in practice?

This report, written by OPM and commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association and Sue Ryder, looks at the current state of end of life services in England and provides examples of people being able to access non-means tested social care.

It reveals that in some areas commissioners have been able to find innovative ways of integrating the health and social care systems to improve end of life care, including STARS Care Liverpool which is highlighted in the report.

Although the Continuing Healthcare Fast Track system is in place across the country, there is a concerning gap between official guidance on its implementation and how it operates in practice. This coupled with a lack of awareness of, and clarity about, the established system is limiting choice for people at the end of life about where they can be cared for.