Importance of social care in promoting personalised end-of-life planning

John Powell

  • Abstract

    I have worked in social care for the past 36 years. I started my professional life working with children, before transferring to the adult world in 2000. In my new role I started to have frequent involvement with people who were dying. I became aware of the variable practice that existed within the social care profession in relation to supporting people’s end-of-life experience. I also became aware of the accepted view that end-of-life care was solely the responsibility of the medical and nursing professions and that social care had very little to offer. That is clearly not the case. In fact, social care has a great deal to offer people, particularly in relation to facilitating their preferred place of care and

  • Contributors

    John Powell


    Correct at article publish date

    Director of Adult Social Services, Health and Wellbeing, London Borough of Redbridge, London, UK

    Author notes

    Correspondence to John Powell,

    Original publishing information

    • Publisher: St Christopher's Hospice
    • Publish date: 01/04/2016
    • ePub Date: 04/04/2016
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue: 1

    Permissions: Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to

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