End of life care for adults: service delivery : guidance (NG142)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE
Publication date:
16 October 2019


This guideline covers organising and delivering end of life care services, which provide care and support in the final weeks and months of life (or for some conditions, years), and the planning and preparation for this. It aims to ensure that people have access to the care that they want and need in all care settings. It also includes advice on services for carers.

This guideline is intended to be used alongside the NICE guideline on care of dying adults in the last days of life, which covers clinical care for people who are considered to be in the last days of life.

NICE has also produced a guideline on end of life care for infants, children and young people with life-limiting conditions.


This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Commissioners, planners and coordinators of health and social services
  • Providers of health and social care
  • Health and social care practitioners
  • Adults approaching the end of their life, their carers and families

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