Introduction

The Leeds Managed Clinical Network (MCN) for Palliative and End of Life care went live on the 1st April 2016. The network was proposed following the Leeds Health Needs Assessment for End of Life Services for Adults (2013). The Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) supported its development. The Managed Clinical Network is made up of key organisations that deliver palliative and End of Life care across the city; Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds Community Health Trust, Leeds and York Mental Health Partnership Trust, St Gemma’s Hospice and Sue Ryder Care – Wheatfield’s and Adult social Care. The MCN takes over the responsibilities previously held by the Leeds Palliative and End of Life Care Operational Group.

Vision and Purpose

The vision for the MCN is taken from the Executive Summary of Ambitions for Palliative and End of life Care 2015-2020: http://endoflifecareambitions.org.uk/

As organisations with experience of, and responsibility for, palliative and end of life care, we have made a collective decision to act together to do all we can to achieve for everyone what we would want for our own families.

The purpose of the MCN is to facilitate strategic and operational collaboration between providers of health and social care services in Leeds in order to deliver the best possible palliative and end of life care for patients and families. The focus is on patients and their families achieving the outcomes described in Ambitions for Palliative and End of life Care.

We will keep you informed of new developments – we plan to publish the results of the 2015 Leeds End of Life Care Survey over the next few weeks. We would like to thank all those families and individuals who returned questionnaires they really help us to see what we are doing well and more importantly where we need to develop.

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