Abseil on Bridgewater Place - 1st July 2007

About the Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme

DCP LogoThe aim: To develop and help provide the best possible service for palliative care patients allowing them to be cared for in the place of their choice.

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity which provides high quality nursing, totally free, to give terminally ill people the choice of dying at home supported by their families.

The charity believes that the right to a good death is fundamental. Central to this, is the right for the patient to choose their place of care and death.

Research commissioned by Marie Curie Cancer Care shows that 64% of people would choose to die at home. In reality only 25% achieve this. In October 2004 Marie Curie Cancer Care initiated the Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme, with the single overriding objective of providing services which enable the patient to make a free and informed choice regarding their place of treatment and death.

The programme aims to achieve this through improved planning, co-ordination and uptake of existing local services, working in partnership with local organisations to apply best practice health and social care. The Delivering Choice Programme seeks to make care in the community a genuine option, reducing the level of treatment and death in hospital, and replacing it with increased levels of care in the community.

Currently, the programme runs three flagship pilot projects in Lincolnshire, Tayside and Leeds.