Members of the Royal College of Nursing have called for more training and education in end of life care for health professionals in light of the ongoing controversy surrounding the Liverpool Care Pathway.
Delegates at college’s annual congress today voted by a massive majority – 99.34% – in favour of a resolution for the RCN council to lobby for better training standards in end of life care.
Kiera Jones, a palliative care nurse and member of the RCN Swansea branch, submitted the resolution.
She noted the recent criticism of the way the pathway was being used in England, which had sparked the government to set up independent review chaired by Baroness Julia Neuberger.
She told the conference that “education is key”, noting that the Liverpool Care Pathway is “only a tool” and that its use relies on the skills of the clinicians implementing it.
“Death and dying is everyone’s business. The Liverpool Care Pathway needs to be understood by all of us,” she said.
An emotional debate on the resolution followed, which saw a number of RCN members share their personal experiences of end of live care received by relatives.