Wiltshire Dying Well Community Charter

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group has launched its ‘Wiltshire Dying Well Community Charter’ to coincide with Dying Matters Awareness week (14-20 May) and is appealing to local companies and organisations to sign up to the charter and make a commitment to support their staff towards the end of their life. 

The Charter encourages a community-wide approach to support people who are affected by dying, and identifies simple steps employers can take to demonstrate their commitment to supporting their staff and their loved ones.

Dr Helen Osborn, GP at Courtyard Surgery in Lavington and Wiltshire End of Life Programme Board member explains, “The Charter has been developed to help bring greater understanding of the problems faced by working people who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, or who care for people who are approaching the end of their lives.”

Signing up to the Charter is easy and doesn’t cost anything. Businesses are simply asked to commit to demonstrating their support for the Charter by signposting employees, volunteers or students to additional support resources and embedding supportive practices within their organisations for people who are affected.

Helen added, “The Charter will help local businesses ensure they have the best possible resources for their workforce and show that they are committed to supporting their employees who may be trying to balance their work commitments with the difficulties they face at home.”

The Charter is led by the National Council for Palliative Care and its ideas and commitments were recognised by many local organisations who came together to look at how we could create a Wiltshire Charter. Organisations involved in the original development of the Charter and who have already signed up to supporting their staff are: Dorothy House Hospice Care, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Healthwatch Wiltshire, Prospect Hospice, Public Health Wiltshire, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Salisbury Hospice Charity, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Wiltshire Health and Care.

The Wiltshire Dying Well Community Charter was developed in 2017 after consulting with local people about the Wiltshire End of Life Care Strategy.

Wiltshire Dying Well Community Charter, visit www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk or email wiltshire.dyingwell@nhs.net.