Palliative Care Funding Review

The Right Care and Support for Everyone

Welcome to the website of the independent Palliative Care Funding Review.

The review team made their recommendations to the Secretary of State for Health, by publishing their final report on 1st July 2011. To view the report click here.

In the report, we recommended the introduction of the first per-patient funding system for palliative care in the NHS. Our proposals included the development of a palliative care tariff based on need, a funding system which incentivises good outcomes for patients, irrespective of time and setting, and providing incentives for commissioning integrated care packages which stimulate community services.

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The review’s recommendations had three key aims:

  • To create a fair and transparent funding system
  • To deliver better outcomes for patients
  • To provide better value for the NHS
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The review team were delighted by the amount of support and enthusiasm from stakeholders in engaging with the review, which helped us tackle this challenge. In the course of the review, the team met with a wide range of individuals and organisations. We travelled the country to hear the views of stakeholders in all of the regions of England. In total the review team met with more than 760 individuals from 380 organisations, including carers, government departments, GPs, hospices, NHS organisations, private sector organisations, professional bodies, social care providers, academics, think tanks and a wide range of representatives from the voluntary sector. We also took evidence on key questions for the review via a questionnaire on the website. In total, we received over 330 responses to our online questionnaires. The evidence we received helped inform the final report.

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The final report of the review was published on 1st July 2011. To view the report click here.

I would like to thank everybody who contributed to the review for providing such thoughtful input. 

The review team has now closed.  We have passed our recommendations to the Department of Health who will be taking this work forward.  Information on the work of the Department and contact details can be found at 

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Tom Hughes-Hallett, Review Chair


On 3rd December 2010 the review team published their interim report. To view the report just click here

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