Our website proudly proclaims, “We are proud to offer world class palliative and end of life care to everyone who needs it, whenever or wherever that may be.”
It was in pursuit of that mission that in 2019 we embarked on a major piece of work to see how we could reach yet more people. Now, after 18 months of research, collaboration with partners and preparation, we’re really excited to be able to launch a unique resource designed to help identify and support one of the most vulnerable groups in our society – people with No Recourse to Public Funding (NRPF), both here at St Christopher’s and across the UK.
Recognising the urgent and growing need of a section of the population estimated to number at least 1.4 million, we decided we had to act. We hope this accessible and practical guide will act as a launchpad to enable professionals working across the whole palliative care sector to better equip themselves to support people in their role as family carers helping someone to die well while facing the additional challenge of having no access to the welfare safety net, due to restrictions placed on them as part of their immigration status.
We, as palliative care professionals, can’t do this alone. So, we’re pooling our end of life care expertise with the skills and experience of our colleagues who work with people with no recourse to public funding.
With the support of Hospice UK and St James’s Place Charitable Foundation, we’ve created guides to help hospice teams, palliative care teams, migrant centre workers, social workers and welfare teams be better prepared to support this often hidden community to access the same quality of end of life care extended to the rest of the population.
We’re pooling our end of life care expertise with the skills and experience of our colleagues who work with people with no recourse to public funding
In this webinar we’ll launch these toolkits, the first of their kind, to raise awareness among all of the above-mentioned professionals and the organisations in which they work.
The main guide provides hospice professionals with the essential information they’ll need to identify people with NRPF, provide them with appropriate support and introduce them to other agencies who can help them. Additionally we’ve created a guide tailored to the needs of staff working in migrant centres and related organisations, explaining the help and support that the hospice and palliative care sector can provide.
Practitioners will also find in the toolkit 14 things to consider when thinking about how best to support a carer with NRPF, based on Dame Cicely Saunders’ concept of total pain. These take into account the carer’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. In addition the resource provides an easy-to-follow checklist of key actions for both individual professionals and organisations.
Do please join the webinar on 28 January for the launch of this timely and we hope change-making toolkit.
Download No Recourse to Public Funds Toolkit (PDF)