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Hospices: Children

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL4524, tabled on 14 May 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their standard operating procedure for children’s hospices and community-provided children’s palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Answered on

3 June 2020

Working with key stakeholders, NHS England and NHS improvement have developed a standard operating procedure (SOP), for palliative care for children and young people in community and hospice settings during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is due to be published shortly.

The SOP is aimed at supporting staff who are providing care or supporting children and young people, and their families, who have palliative and/or end of life care needs in the community, including home and hospice care. Palliative care will include some children and young people who have life-limiting long-term conditions and complex health needs. It encourages all providers of children’s palliative care (statutory and voluntary sector) to work collaboratively and flexibly across health settings to support this group of children and young people and keep them safe during the pandemic.