We recognise that our local hospitals, primary care colleagues, and community organisations are facing multiple pressures resulting in patients remaining in hospital for longer than is required. Often these patients are nearing the end of their lives and go on to die in hospital when their preference would be a non-hospital setting. Locally 66% of patients would like to die at home, but only 22% do so. We also know that 39% of people in Coventry and Warwickshire who die do so after being admitted to hospital as an emergency. Their length of stay in hospital is often short. The most common experience is a terminal episode of two days.
Our 5-year strategy sets out how we aim to work with our partners to support people to live well during the last stages of their life and to die well, in a place of their choice. All while supporting those left behind to live a fulfilling life after bereavement.
Our strategy sets out how we intend to achieve this, by finding solutions, being innovative and addressing current economic and workforce challenges. We recognise this will be difficult in the current climate and will regularly review the strategy during the five years.