A new and innovative organisation, the ‘End of Life Partnership’ (EOLP) was launched at Sandbach Town Hall in Cheshire on Friday 28 March.

The Partnership has been formed from 3 existing work streams – Cheshire Hospices Education, Cheshire Living Well Dying Well, and Cheshire End of Life Care Service Model,  as well as introducing a further programme specifically focussed on Research and Evaluation.

The Launch Event was attended by over 100 people from across, and beyond, Cheshire – from a range of community groups, NHS Trusts, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, Hospices, Local Authorities, Public Health, Universities, the WI and many other organisations.

The overall aim of the partnership is ‘Transform End of Life experience and care’ to create a more complete and holistic approach to living well, death and loss.  This means not just working alongside organisations and staff that deliver care to promote excellence and compassion in end of life and palliative care, but also normalising natural death, dying and loss, and helping people to live well now and for as long as possible.

Salli Jeynes, the Chief Executive of the End of Life Partnership, spoke about the how the partnership can achieve the goals of de-mystifying death and dying, encouraging people to think about, discuss and share their future wishes, and also increasing the skills, knowledge and confidence of care workers.

The new organisation will be listening to communities and working together with partner organisations to create a shared vision across organisational boundaries, and will be flexible, innovative and responsive in its approach.

For further information, the Partnership has a new website in progress at www.eolp.org.uk