About Us

What we do…
Council is the umbrella and representative body for hospice and palliative care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It is an independent body with charitable status, which was set up in 1991 to promote the extension and improvement of palliative care services.

Through Council’s member organisations and regional structure it works in partnership to:

represent the collective views and interests of hospice organisations and palliative care services to ministers, civil servants, members of parliament, the media and other key statutory agencies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
collaborate with the Scottish Partnership Agency for Palliative and Cancer Care and develop and maintain a UK perspective across palliative care
develop policies to promote better collaboration and co-ordination between the voluntary, health and local authority sectors and to identify and promote additional funding requirements at all levels
offer advice to hospice organisations and palliative care services in their relations with health authorities, primary care groups (PCGs), local authorities and other agencies on matters of national interest and concern
provide a forum for hospices and palliative care services and those working within them to share knowledge, information and experience nationally and regionally
ensure that representatives of Council sit on key government working groups developing policy and quality standards across the spectrum of palliative care and within the priority National Service Frameworks
develop and promote national quality standards and outcomes across hospice and palliative care in collaboration with the Department of Health and to identify and disseminate best practice across the country
evaluate quality assurance and accreditation systems set up across palliative care and to nationally disseminate the findings
collect and publish standardised data (MDS) about care provision to aid management and planning of services (in consultation with the Hospice Information Service and other agencies working in this area)
develop professional standards and clinical guidelines in association with others with an interest in this work, taking on board findings on patient perspectives
encourage improved professional education and research in all aspects of palliative care, working closely with universities and colleges, the medical and nursing Royal Colleges and international agencies
publish regular information about the work of Council, those it represents and the individuals and agencies with which it liaises
publish clinical guidelines and papers on palliative care issues such as quality, clinical governance, commissioning, partnership working, ethics and research