Addressing palliative end-of-life care within Integrated Care Systems

Over the last 12 months, the Influencing team have been developing relationships within the Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) footprints where our hospice services are located, with the aim of creating positive changes to how palliative end-of-life care (PEoLC) services will be delivered and planned for in England.

ICSs are partnerships of organisations that come together to plan and deliver joined up health and care services in England to improve the lives of people who live and work in their area. The ICS system formally came into play in July 2022, and we’ve been working to support them to improve the delivery of PEoLC. 

You may have seen our blog about the release of the summary paper last year, when we worked with sector partners to publish 'Enablers for end-of-life care: Key recommendations for commissioning and delivering better end-of-life care within Integrated Care Systems (ICSs)'. To build on this piece of work, we have developed six new case studies to show how ICSs could take a better approach to delivering PEoLC across their local areas.     

Highlighting good practice

By identifying case studies to highlight the recommendations in our previous piece of work, we hope to inspire more ICSs to adopt similar practices. Whether that’s having a well-functioning collaboration in West Yorkshire, collecting and sharing of data in Derbyshire, to engagement and involvement of communities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – we believe these are examples of the foundations needed for the future for PEoLC.

How you can help  

We will be sharing these case studies through our networks, please feel free to do the same. If you think we can work together in this area or have other case studies you’d like to highlight please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!  

We hope the case studies help to inspire colleagues to make PEoLC the best it can be and to ensure that, together, we can provide more care for more people.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about our ICS engagement work, please contact

Joh Kemp, Sue Ryder's Stakeholder Engagement Officer

Stakeholder Engagement Officer

John Kemp

John is our Stakeholder Engagement Officer. He engages with the Integrated Care Systems that Sue Ryder delivers services within.