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Crucial role of physios highlighted in end of life care guide

End of life care in acute hospitals could be transformed following publication of a guide that will help dying patients to plan their own care and treatment.

The guidelines have been produced by the National End of Life Care Programme (NEoLCP) in collaboration with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

NEoLCP deputy director Anita Hayes said: 'This guide will only improve the way hospitals care for people nearing the end of life if frontline, practical professionals commit to it.

'Physiotherapists working in hospital with people nearing the end of life can make a real difference by looking at how they and their colleagues work and how services provided elsewhere in the hospital - and community - can improve end of life care.

'I would urge physiotherapists to get involved in steering groups set up to implement the route to success in end of life care.'

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