The End of Life Care Programme Board was set up by NHS England following the publication of the government’s National Commitment on end of life care in 2016.

It is chaired by Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of NHS England.

Its objectives are:
• Embed the Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2015-2020
• Deliver the government’s response to the ‘Choice Review’ including the six point ‘End of Life Care Commitment’
• Deliver the NHS England Mandate objective that by 2020 we should “significantly improve patient choice, including in maternity, end-of-life care
and for people with long-term conditions, including ensuring an increase in the number of people able to die in the place of their choice, including at home”.

The board has cross-system membership.

It has been agreed by NHS England and the Ambitions partnership that the agendas papers and minutes of the board’s meetings should be published on the Ambitions partnership website.

Further details about the board can be found in its terms of reference (Paper A of the October 2016 meeting).

October 2016

December 2016

February 2017 

April 2017 

June 2017