Pathfinder Project - UK

"Interest and practice examples in the public health approach to end of life care have been ongoing within England for a number of years. However, this has not been coordinated and has been sporadic in nature. As part of the strategic direction of development, Public Health England commissioned the National Council for Palliative Care to explore the practical application of a Charter approach in diverse settings across England. This report covers the development and outcomes from the projects."

The Pathfinder Project in the UK provided an initial framework for GroundSwell's National Compassionate Communities Forum of practice. We have encouraged each community group to begin with a community forum event which seeks to engage the wider community as well as identify existing strengths as well as gaps in the end of life sector and decide on priorities of action. 

This report provides a valuable outline of this process and outlines different examples of this work with the hope that it will help inform other groups and localities looking to implement a public health approach to palliative care.

Holly Smith